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

  • 17 November 2021

    A46 Binley junction weekend road 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. The scheme design also includes improvements to the existing footways, for pedestrians, and cycle paths.

    What’s happening next?

    In December we’ll reach a significant project milestone as we lift into place 32 steel bridge beams across the A428, to form the flyover. To carry out this work safely, we need to close Binley junction and both carriageways on the A46 between Tollbar and Walsgrave junctions.

    The A428 will also be closed to traffic in both directions at Binley junction, between Coventry and Binley Woods. We’ll maintain pedestrian access while we work.

    When will this work take place? 

    To minimise overall disruption, the full road closures will take place on the weekends of Friday 3 to Monday 6 December and Friday 10 to Monday 13 December

    We’ll close the roads and junction from 8pm on each Friday evening and reopen to traffic at 6am on Monday morning*.

    What does this mean for you?

    During these weekend road closures, we expect significant traffic delays so ask drivers to:

    • plan ahead and allow extra time for journeys
    • consider using public transport and walking or cycling for shorter trips

    Diversion routes will be in place and clearly signed. These are shown below:Diversion Route

    Northbound diversion route: at Tollbar roundabout take the B4110, then turn right onto the A4082, then right again onto the A428, then left on to the B4082 which you can follow to re-join the A46 at Walsgrave roundabout.

    Southbound diversion route: at Walsgrave roundabout turn right onto the B4082 and follow this road until you reach the junction with the A428. Take that right and follow the road to the junction with the A4082. Take that left and follow the road to the roundabout where you turn left onto the B4110 which will take you to the A46 at Tollbar roundabout.

    Eastbound diversion route: at Binley roundabout follow the A428, then turn right onto the B4082, then turn right onto the B4027 and join the B4455 before turning right onto the A428. Please remember the A428 is closed at Binley junction.

    Westbound diversion route: at Binley roundabout follow the A428, then turn left onto the B4455 and merge onto the B4027 before turning left onto the B4082 and left again onto the A428. Please remember the A428 is closed at Binley junction. 

    We apologise in advance for any inconvenience or disruption this work causes to those living or working nearby.

    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 these 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.

  • 19 July 2021

    Binley junction upgrade - meet the team

    We’re upgrading 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. We’re also improving the footways and cycle paths, making it easier for everyone to stay connected.

    This month we’re holding public information events so the project team can share updates about how the scheme is progressing and answer your questions. The events will be held in Highways England’s mobile exhibition centre which will be parked in the following locations between 10am and 4pm:

    • 27 July: Warwickshire Retail Park, 1c Kynner Way, Coventry CV3 2SB
    • 28 July: B&Q, Brandon Rd, Binley, Coventry CV3 2JD
    • 29 July: Tesco Superstore, Clifford Bridge Rd, Coventry CV2 2TS
    • 30 July: Binley Woods Village Hall, Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry CV3 2AX
    • 31 July: Greens Home & Garden, Rugby Rd, Binley Woods, Coventry CV3 2AX

    For more information about the junction upgrade, upcoming roadworks and temporary changes to the road layout please:

  • 15 April 2021

    Binley junction upgrade - scheme newsletter

    Welcome to the first edition of the A46 Binley junction upgrade scheme newsletter.

    In this issue you can read about how we’ve finished moving all underground power, water and telecoms utilities and we’re starting to build four new slips roads at the junction. Once they’re completed, they’ll temporarily become part of the carriageway layout so we can start work on the new flyover in the centre of the road.

    We understand that roadworks can be frustrating, so while our team is working at the junction we’ll share important news and updates on this webpage and in scheme newsletters.

  • 25 September 2020

    Main phase of works starting at Binley junction

    In preparation for the main start of works in Autumn 2020, we will begin to install some narrow lanes in October. The first of these will be in place on the southbound A46  between the Walsgrave and Binley islands. Further installations on the remaining sections of the scheme will  be undertaken  in early November. These will allow us to begin the first phase of the junction upgrade project, which promises to transform stop-start journeys for commuters and give a welcome economic boost to communities across the region.

    A fly-through film has been produced to show how the upgraded junction at Binley may look:

  • 18 June 2020

    Binley woods - permission granted

    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.

    This is great news as it means we can start improvement work to this important strategic route. Currently, congestion and journey reliability issues are a significant constraint to future investment and economic growth in Coventry and Warwickshire. The junction is a cause of severe congestion at peak times and delays along the A46 which means motorists travelling along the road suffer from stop-start journeys. The current junction does not have sufficient capacity to accommodate predicted traffic growth beyond 2020 if we do not act.

    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’ve been carrying out essential utility works to gas and telecommunications equipment around the junction since March 2020 in readiness for the Order being granted. This work will continue throughout the summer until the major construction development begins in autumn 2020.

    Further details on the Order, Secretary of State Decision Letter, Recommendation Report, and Notification of decision letter can be found in the 'Highways Act 1980' section below.

Project information

Binley junction

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. 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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