A46 Coventry junctions upgrade

The A46 is a strategic road link between the East and West Midlands, connecting Coventry and Warwickshire to the motorway network. Traffic congestion has led to slower speeds, longer trip times and more queueing for drivers. By upgrading the A46 we’ll unlock this congestion, improve journey reliability and support economic growth across the West Midlands.

Start date 23 March 2020
End date Spring 2022 (Binley only)
Cost £61.4m (Binley only)

Latest updates

  • 14 June 2022

    Preferred Route Announcement

    Alongside our ongoing work to upgrade Binley junction, we’ve been assessing various options to upgrade the junction at Walsgrave. Our work showed that only one option was viable and could deliver the required improvements at the junction.

    Between January 2022 and February 2022, we held a public consultation on this viable option, known as Option 11. We also shared detail on the discounted options and explained why these were not viable.

    The feedback received during the consultation showed support for improvements at Walsgrave junction and support for Option 11 and we are therefore taking this scheme to the next stage of design development.

    You can find out more about the preferred route in our brochure

    What option 11 looks like

    Map of option 11 - proposed Walsgrave junction upgrade

    Option 11 would provide a fully grade separated junction approximately 800m north of the existing A46 Walsgrave junction. Exit and entry slip roads would be provided on both the north and southbound carriageway allowing full connection to the local road network. 

    The junction would be in a dumbbell layout with the slip roads connecting to a roundabout on each side of the carriageway with the roundabouts connected via an overbridge.

    A number of comments were raised in response to the consultation, which we’ll investigate further at the next stage of design. These include:

    • access to University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire
    • walking and cycling provision
    • a proposed 50mph speed limit
    • the impact on local road network

    What happens next

    Now we have announced our preferred route, we’ll undertake the next stage of design development. This is when we’ll develop more detail on the highway structures and overall design. It’s also when the next stages of environmental assessments are completed and we’ll look at the steps we can take to reduce any environmental impacts. During this stage of the scheme, we’ll hold another public consultation, giving you the opportunity to comment on a more developed proposal.

  • 13 April 2022

    Advance notice of upcoming road closures: A46 Binley

    We’ll be carrying out a number of weekend closures throughout April, May and June on the A46 between Binley and Tollbar End roundabouts in Coventry. These closures will allow our teams to safely resurface the existing carriageway which will become the new junction slip roads when the road is open to traffic.

    To minimise disruption we’ll carry out the work in two phases:

    Southbound

    • 8pm on Friday 22 April to 6am on Monday 25 April
    • 8pm on Friday 6 May to Monday 9 May
    • 8pm on Friday 13 May to Monday 16 May
    • 8pm on Friday 17 June to midnight on Saturday 18 June

    Northbound

    • 8pm on Friday 20 May to 6am on Monday 23 May
    • 8pm on Friday 10 June to 6am on Monday 13 June
    • 8pm on Friday 17 June to 6am on Saturday 18 June
    • 8pm on Saturday 18 June to 6am on Monday 20 June

    Diversion routes will be in place and clearly signed (maps below). Please plan ahead and allow additional time for your journeys, considering alternative routes if possible.

    If you have any questions about this road closure you can email us at: A46CoventryJcns@nationalhighways.co.uk or call us on: 0300 123 5000

     

    Southbound diversion

    Map of southbound A46 closure

    Northbound diversion

    Map of northbound A46 closure

  • 10 February 2022

    Binley junction lane closures – plan ahead

    We’re investing £61 million to transform Binley junction by building a flyover to separate long distance and local traffic. This means drivers staying on the A46 will no longer need to slow down to use the roundabout, reducing congestion and making journeys safer.

    What’s happening next?

    So our teams can finish building the new carriageway and work safely in the central reservation we need to close lanes on the A46 between Binley (TGIs) and Walsgrave junctions 24-hours a day, seven days a week.

    To minimise disruption, we’ll carry out the work in two phases.

    Phase 1 – 17 February, for approximately 3 weeks

    The nearside lane (lane 1) on the northbound carriageway from Binley to Walsgrave will be closed to allow for carriageway construction and surfacing.

    Phase 2 – around mid-March, for approximately 4 weeks

    Once the carriageway is built, the outside lane (lane 2) on both the southbound and northbound carriageways will be closed. This is to allow construction work to be carried out in the central reservation.

    We understand these lane closures are likely to impact on your journey times and we apologise for any inconvenience caused. The alternative to carrying out this work using lane closures was to schedule 4 full weekend closures of the carriageways with additional night-time closures. We appreciate this approach would have a caused significant inconvenience to local businesses and residents, and potentially impacted the local economy.

    How can you find out more?

    If you’d like further information about the A46 Coventry junctions upgrade scheme you can contact us by:

    You can also sign up for regular updates, sent direct to your email inbox.

    * Please note dates and times my change because of unforeseen circumstances, such as poor weather. If this happens, we’ll post regular updates on this project webpage and on our social media channels.

  • 25 January 2022

    Don't forget to give your views on our plans to improve Walsgrave junction

    Our public consultation on plans to improve Walsgrave junction is open until Monday 14 February and we would like your views. This consultation relates to the Walsgrave junction upgrade only.

    To find out about the planned improvements, please read our consultation brochure.

    Give your views on the improvements. 

    There's still time to come to one of our online events

    We’re holding online events via Microsoft Teams Live throughout January. The project team will explain our plans for the junction and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also record the first online event and post the video on this page.

    Wednesday 26 January from 12pm to 2pm

    Join the event via Microsoft Teams

    Saturday 29 January from 11am to 1pm

    Join the event via Microsoft Teams

    You may need to create a Microsoft Teams account before joining the online event.

    Speak to our project team

    We’re also offering a call back service where you can request a call from one of the project team members to answer your questions about the scheme. To do this please call our contact centre on 0300 123 5000 and let them know when you’re available to receive a call back from one of the team. You can also email us at: A46CoventryJcns@highwaysengland.co.uk

  • 19 January 2022

    Watch how 32 giant steel beams were lifted into place to form a flyover at Binley junction

    This new time-lapse footage shows the moment huge steel beams were lifted into place to form a flyover at Binley junction. 

    Specialist teams carried out the work over two weekends in December, using a 750-tonne crane to lift 32 beams - with a combined weight of 720 tonnes - into place. 

     

    This work is part of our £61 million investment to transform Binley junction by building a flyover to separate long distance and local traffic. This means drivers staying on the A46 will no longer need to slow down to use the roundabout, reducing congestion and making journeys safer.

    If you’d like more information about the A46 Coventry junctions upgrade scheme you can contact us by:

  • 11 January 2022

    Walsgrave junction upgrade - give your views

    The Government’s Road Investment Strategy (RIS2) 2020 - 2025 included a commitment to the A46 Coventry junctions scheme, which includes upgrading both the Binley and Walsgrave junctions.

    We’ve been developing options for the Walsgrave junction. We’re now holding a public consultation from Tuesday 11 January to Monday 14 February on our plans and we would like your views. This consultation relates to the Walsgrave junction upgrade only.

    To find out about the planned improvements, please read our consultation brochure

    Come to one of our online events

    We’re holding online events via Microsoft Teams Live throughout January. The project team will explain our plans for the junction and answer any questions you might have. We’ll also record the first online event and post the video on this page.

    Thursday 20 January from 6pm to 8pm

    Join the event via Microsoft Teams

    Wednesday 26 January from 12pm to 2pm

    Join the event via Microsoft Teams

    Saturday 29 January from 11am to 1pm

    Join the event via Microsoft Teams

    You may need to create a Microsoft Teams account before joining the online event.

    Speak to our project team

    We’re also offering a call back service where you can request a call from one of the project team members to answer your questions about the scheme. To do this please call our contact centre on 0300 123 5000 and let them know when you’re available to receive a call back from one of the team. You can also email us at: A46CoventryJcns@highwaysengland.co.uk

    Why the junction improvements are needed

    Current levels of congestion, and the impacts this has on journey time reliability, are having a serious effect on communities and businesses in the local area and would constrain future development.

    Our plans to improve the Walsgrave junction will:

    • support economic growth
    • support the smooth flow of traffic
    • improve safety

    Give your views

    Your feedback is important to us, so please share your ideas, concerns and local knowledge with us.

    Give your views on our citizen space consultation webpage.

    You can also respond by printing out, or requesting a printed copy, of our consultation response form.

    The consultation will run from Tuesday 11 January 2022 to Monday 14 February 2022. Responses posted on the closing date will still be accepted. 

    What happens next

    Once the consultation has closed on Monday 14 February 2022, the feedback and responses will be analysed. We’ll incorporate the comments received where possible, whilst completing further assessment and design work. A consultation report will then be produced summarising the feedback received.  

    The preferred route announcement for the scheme is set to take place in summer this year (2022) and will be taken through to the next stage of design development. 

Project information

Give us your feedback

Visit our A46 Coventry junctions upgrade feedback tool to have your say. The tool includes an interactive map. You can click on a location to make a specific comment, or give us your general feedback.

ECHO is a one-way feedback tool, so if you’d like a response to your feedback you can email the project team at: A46CoventryJcns@nationalhighways.co.uk

A46 Coventry junctions upgrade Echo image

The Secretary of State for Transport has given permission for the A46 Coventry junctions upgrade at Binley Woods to proceed with the upgrade work set to start in the coming months.

The plans for the Binley junction will see the A46 dual carriageway become a flyover that will separate local traffic from using the A46 itself. This will mean that drivers staying on the A46 will not need to slow down for the roundabout, while also improving traffic flows for local businesses nearby. The design will also include improvements to the existing footways for pedestrians and cycle paths.

We’re developing options for the Walsgrave junction and held a consultation on these plans between January and February 2022. When developing options, we need to ensure that the design meets the needs of road users and the community, whilst providing value for money.

 

The aims of the scheme are to:

  • improve safety
  • support the growing economy
  • support the smooth flow of traffic
  • increase capacity
  • relieve congestion

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