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

  • 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

Documents

Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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