A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement

Project status:   Current
Region:  Midlands


Start date:   January 2014
End date:  By the end of December 2016


Type:   Major Scheme
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Major Scheme

Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)

Cost:  £106 million


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Road closures for week commencing 14 February 2016

Road closures will take place on the A46 Coventry eastern bypass, A45 Stonebridge Highway and A46 Kenilworth bypass.

Find out more on the journey impact page.

General Update as of 18 December 2015

We are pleased to say that solutions have been found for the issues encountered on the new roundabout bridges’ supports and we are starting preparatory work over the next week, so that full work can start on the east bridge supports in January. Work is already underway on the west bridge supports.

All parties are working hard to complete this project as early as possible, as we know how important it is for local people and drivers on this route. If we encounter no further issues with the bridge supports, we expect to open the new bridges by spring 2016 and for the project to be open for traffic by December 2016.

Other work has continued to progress and we’re continuing to open new lanes to traffic. The A45 Stonebridge Highway westbound over the River Sowe bridge reopened to two lanes last week, and by the end of January 2016, both carriageways will be opened up to the new 3 lane layout. The work to the A46 Kenilworth Bypass northbound is nearing completion and will have all lanes open by February 2016.

Check the journey impact page for more information.

Current works

Below is a list of current works:

A45 Stonebridge Highway, westbound (Tollbar to Stivichall)

Carriageway surfacing and construction of central barrier

A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass, southbound

Installation of drainage and carriageway surfacing

A45 London Road and B4110 London Road

Installation of drainage and carriageway widening

Selsey Close, Stonehouse Lane and Rowley Road

Installation of drainage and carriageway widening

Siskin Drive update

  • cones will remain to keep traffic to correct alignment until works are complete in this area
  • cones are also being used to form traffic islands as the kerbed ones have been removed to allow us to move traffic around during the works
  • two lanes remain open leaving Siskin Drive

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What is happening?

We propose to improve the A45 Stonebridge Highway and the Tollbar End roundabout in southern Coventry. This improvement is part of a package of works which also includes the M40 junction 15 bypass. The main proposals are:

  • to reduce the volume of traffic using Tollbar End roundabout by providing a 2 lane dual carriageway underpass link between the A46 Coventry eastern bypass and the A45 Stonebridge highway
  • to enlarge the roundabout and improve all the existing accesses
  • to widen the existing A45 Stonebridge highway to a 3 lane dual carriageway between the new Tollbar End junction and Stivichall junction to improve capacity and allow traffic to manoeuvre safely into the required lane on approach to the junctions
  • to improve access to local businesses and Coventry Airport by changing the junction of Siskin Drive and Rowley Road from a roundabout to a traffic light controlled junction
  • to erect traffic lights on each entry arm to the new Tollbar End roundabout with signals connected to those at the junction at Siskin Drive and Rowley Road - timings would be controlled so that they provide maximum efficiency in allowing traffic through the area
  • to erect new sign gantries and re-paint the lane markings to improve the northbound A46 approach to Stivichall junction - existing road signs in this area of the scheme would also be improved
  • to improve pedestrian access around Tollbar End roundabout and create a new footpath/cycleway along the southern side of the A45, linking the two junctions together

We have considered several options for new bridges at Tollbar End roundabout. In order to improve the combined footway and cycleway on the south side of the A45 Stonebridge Highway, a new footbridge would be constructed across the River Sowe. Other new structures would include:

  • new sign gantries on the existing A46, south of Stivichall junction
  • soil-nailed retaining walls at Tollbar End roundabout
  • retaining walls to minimise land take

When and where is this happening?

Advance works started in August 2013 and main construction works started in January 2014. The scheme is scheduled for completion in financial year 2016/17.

The A45 and A46 Tollbar junction is located to southeast of Coventry. It forms part of the national strategic road network, connecting to the north, via the A46 to M6, M69 and M1 and to the south via the A46 to the M40. It provides links to the east via the A45, M45 and M1 and to the west via the A45 to the M42 and Birmingham. It also provides the main road access to Stonebridge Trading Estate, Middlemarch Business Park and Coventry Airport, which are important sources of employment in southern Coventry.

Why is this happening and what will it cost?

Tollbar roundabout is one of the most heavily congested junctions in the region at peak times.

The high level of traffic using this roundabout causes delays and queues. Future increases in traffic volumes will make the existing congestion worse and lead to increased driver stress.

In 2001, Tollbar End roundabout was improved by introducing traffic lights and changing the road markings. This helped to reduce the number of accidents but this temporary solution is reaching the end of its design life and the roundabout is again not coping with traffic levels.

The estimated final outturn of £106 million was approved by the Secretary of State in September 2013 prior to the start of construction in January 2014.

How will the scheme be carried out?

The scheme will take approximately 3 1/2 years to build. The main construction compound will be located on land to the immediate west of the Stonebridge Trading Estate, off the Rowley Road. We ensure access to businesses and properties is maintained at all times.

Construction of the scheme would take place over a number of carefully planned phases to minimise the effects of construction on the public and the environment.

We would implement a construction environmental management plan to manage the effects of construction, noise, vibration and dust. This plan would also identify the work needed to protect wildlife habitats and prevent pollution to watercourses.

What are the benefits?

We aim to:

  • reduce congestion and improve capacity at Tollbar End roundabout and on the A45 Stonebridge Highway
  • allow traffic to manoeuvre safely into the required lane on the A45 Stonebridge Highway
  • improve access to local businesses and Coventry Airport
  • improve pedestrian access around Tollbar End roundabout

How do I find out more information ?

More information will be posted on this project page as it becomes available. You can subscribe to be alerted when updates are made.

If you have any queries about this project you should contact the Highways Agency Information Line by emailing ha_​info@​highways.​gsi.​gov.​uk or calling 0300 123 5000.

Details of scheduled roadworks are provided to help you plan your journey. Please note that works are weather- and resource- dependent and may need to be cancelled at short notice. This information is not updated in real time so please check Traffic England for current traffic conditions. Diversion timings are approximate and act as a guide only.

Will there be roadworks?

Yes, roadworks will be needed.

Significant delays are expected in this area, please allow additional journey time:

  • on the A45 Stonebridge Highway, westbound (Tollbar to Stivichall)
  • on the A45 Stonebridge Highway, eastbound (Stivichall to Tollbar)
  • on the A45 London Road
  • on the B4110 London Road
  • on Siskin Drive
  • on Stonehouse Lane
  • on Rowley Road
  • A46 Coventry eastern bypass, northbound
  • A46 Coventry eastern bypass, southbound
  • A46 Kenilworth bypass, northbound

Road Works

DateDurationDetailsAllow an Extra
Friday 12/02/2016Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed belowup to 10 minutes
Friday 12/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass northbound – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closure Rowley Road – temporary traffic signalsup to 10 minutes
Saturday 13/02/2016Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed belowup to 10 minutes
Saturday 13/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass northbound – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Sunday 14/02/2016Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed belowup to 10 minutes
Sunday 14/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass northbound – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Monday 15/02/2016Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed belowup to 10 minutes
Monday 15/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closure Rowley Road – temporary traffic signalsup to 10 minutes
Tuesday 16/02/2016Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed belowup to 10 minutes
Tuesday 16/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound – lane closure A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Wednesday 17/02/2016Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below: A45 London Road eastbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Wednesday 17/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound – lane closure A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Thursday 18/02/2016Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below: A45 London Road eastbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Thursday 18/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound – lane closure A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Friday 19/02/2016Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below: A45 London Road eastbound – lane closureup to 10 minutes
Friday 19/02/2016Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A46 Kenilworth Bypass northbound exit slip road to Stivichall Junction – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass northbound – road closure. A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass southbound – lane closure. Rowley Road – temporary traffic signalsup to 10 minutes

How will you manage traffic?

A Traffic Management Plan has been developed in consultation with the local Police and County and District Councils. Generally, a minimum of two lane of traffic in each direction will be maintained during peak hours. Peak hours run from 06:00hrs to 09:30hrs and 15:30hrs to 20:00hrs on weekdays with variation at weekends. However a number of full closures of the A45 Stonebridge Highway and A46 Coventry eastern bypass will be required during the construction period to carry out works that affect the whole carriageway.

Generally over the period of the works, temporary speed limits will be in place monitored by average-speed cameras. There is now a 40mph limit on the A45 Stonebridge Highway, A46 Coventry eastern bypass, A45 London Road and Tollbar roundabout.

24 hour traffic management

A45/A46 Tollbar Island

  • narrow lanes, speed restricted to 40mph

A46 Coventry eastern bypass

  • northbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • southbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • southbound - lane 4 closure

A45 London Road

  • eastbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • westbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • westbound - lane gain closed

A45 Stonebridge Highway

  • eastbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • westbound – narrow lanes in both directions, speed restricted to 40mph
  • westbound – reduced to a single lane on the approach to Stivichall junction

A46 Kenilworth bypass

  • Northbound – lane 1 from Kenilworth Bypass to Northbound off-slip to Stivichall Junction closed, speed restricted to 40mph

A45/A46 Stivichall junction

  • southern section – lane 1 closed

Rowley Road and Siskin Drive

  • lane closures

B4110 London Road

  • lane closures

Will there be diversions?

Drivers are advised to follow any diversions and not to use their satellite navigation systems.

A46 Coventry eastern bypass northbound

  • at Toll Bar End roundabout take the B4110 London Road exit and continue onto A4082/B4110 London Road roundabout
  • take 4th exit onto A4082 Allard Way and continue to A428 Binley Road junction
  • turn right onto A428 Binley Road
  • continue on A428 Brandon Road/Binley Road to the A46/A428 Binley Woods roundabout where diversion ends

A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound

  • on junction between A45 and A444 take 1st exit onto A444
  • continue on A444 until roundabout with A4082. At roundabout take 2nd exit onto A4082
  • continue on A4082 until junction with B4110. At junction make right hand turn onto B4110
  • continue on B4110 until Tollbar End roundabout. Diversion route ends

A46 Kenilworth bypass northbound exit slip road to Stivichall junction

  • continue on to A444 until the roundabout with A4114. At the roundabout take the third exit onto A444
  • continue on A444 until junction with A45/A46 Stivichall Junction where the diversion ends

The landscape surrounding the scheme includes areas of agriculturally improved grassland and arable land, with occasional small woodlands and areas of scrub. Biodiversity interest is mainly restricted to hedgerows, mature trees, woodlands and the corridors of the Rivers Sowe and Sherbourne.

There are no environmental statutory sites affected by the scheme, however there are local nature reserves bordering the highway. Preliminary ecological surveys and consultations show some habitats of interest and species near to the proposed road corridor.

Species of interest include:

  • birds
  • reptiles
  • great crested newt
  • badger
  • otter

We would plan and manage the works to reduce or eliminate any adverse impacts on these habitats and species.

ActivityDate
The scheme was first proposed in the Government published 'A New Deal For Trunk Roads in England'.1998
Following a public consultation and approval by Warwick local regional planning body it was entered into the Targeted Programme of Improvements.April 2003
The TR111 was issued to local councils.June 2003
We awarded an Early Contractor involvement contract to progress this scheme. For procurement purposes this scheme has been joined with the M40 Junction 15 Improvement scheme.Spring 2005
We developed the scheme further.2006
A public exhibition was held in March 2007. Further information on the Exhibition can be found on the publications page.March 2007
Draft Orders and an Environmental Statement for the scheme were published on 26 March 2009. A public exhibition of the proposals was held in Coventry on 24 and 25 April 2009.Spring 2009
A Public Inquiry was held from 26 January 2010 to 3 February 2010.2010
'Minded to' decision by the Secretaries of State9 April 2013
Consultation on Scheme modifications4 weeks from 6 May 2013
The decision into the 2010 Public Inquiry was published 18 July confirming that the scheme would proceed with some minor modifications worksJuly 2013
Made Orders published on 9 AugustAugust 2013
Start of Advance WorksAugust 2013
Public Exhibition29 and 30 November 2013
Start of main constructionJanuary 2014
Full scheme completionFinancial year 2016-2017

Business Case

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement Business Case
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010

Leaflet

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement - Scheme leaflet
Information leaflet for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement scheme.

Legal

Newsletter

Other

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement Consultation
Details of the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement consultation - May 2013
A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement Minded to Decision Letter and Inspectors Report
The public inquiry 'minded to' decision letter and inspector's report for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement - April 2013

Plan

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement - proposed scheme plan
Scheme plan for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement scheme.

Report

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement Public Consultation - November 2001
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