MAJOR improvement works to the A46 Stoneleigh Junction have begun.
The £38million scheme will be funded by Warwickshire County Council, the Department for Transport and the West Midlands Combined Authority with contributions from the University of Warwick and Whitley South Works.
The roadworks between Kenilworth and Coventry will include a new bridge across the A46 and realigned slip roads forming the basis of a new signalised gyratory system.
The aim of the scheme is to reduce delays and congestion, improve road safety for all users and ensure the junction has the capacity to meet future growth.
Warwickshire County Council transport and planning spokesman Coun Jeff Clarke welcomed the new scheme.
He said: “These works will bring real improvements to the experiences of local residents and commuters who use the A46 and the nearby roads that very frequently suffer from congestion.
“The existing junction can no longer cope with the levels of traffic and future development will only make this worse.
“As Warwickshire looks to make an economic recovery from the covid-19 pandemic, we need to be sure that we remain an excellent place to do business. This scheme will bring much needed capacity into the network and ensure that local businesses have the transport infrastructure that they need.”
Warwick district councillor John Cooke added: “As our district starts to recover from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we are very pleased to see the start of this strategically important traffic scheme.
“The new road system will not only improve access to Warwick University and the adjacent business parks, but will also encourage more cycling by reducing traffic volumes on the surrounding routes.”
Work on the project is underway, and is scheduled to be completed by summer 2022.
Visit www.warwickshire.gov.uk/major-transport-construction-projects for more information.