A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement
Part of our programme of improvements (value >10m)
Update as of 1 April 2016
Solutions for the issues encountered on the new Tollbar roundabout bridge supports have been implemented. West Bridge will be opened to traffic in April 2016. East Bridge is scheduled to open to traffic early summer. Other work has continued to progress and we’re continuing to open new lanes to traffic. The A45 Stonebridge Highway westbound has opened to three lanes. The eastbound carriageway whilst completed is coned off to two lanes to manage traffic and safety as the underpass at Tollbar is still under construction. The work to the A46 Kenilworth bypass northbound is nearing completion and will have all lanes open in April 2016.
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. We expect to open the project to for traffic by December 2016.
New bridge to open as part of A45/A46 Tollbar End improvement scheme
A new bridge will open to traffic at Tollbar roundabout by 6am on Monday (11 April), marking a major milestone at the A45/A46 Tollbar End improvement scheme.
The bridge – on the western, A45 Stonebridge Highway side of the roundabout – is set to be completed overnight on Sunday 10 April in time for the morning traffic.
Traffic on the western side of the roundabout will be moved off the existing carriageway and onto the adjacent new bridge – following the final layout on this side of the roundabout.
You can view the press release to this scheme on our Gov.uk page.
The attached map shows the traffic management layout at Tollbar roundabout following the transfer of traffic to the west bridge. The drawing also shows (in green) the proposed pedestrian/cyclist access routes.
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
Find out more:
- download a map of the proposed scheme
- download the A45/A46 Tollbar End Scheme leaflet
- view our forthcoming schedule of roadworks and traffic management
- check Traffic England for current travel conditions
- link to Coventry City Council website showing their current road works
- view our gallery to see progress of the A45 Tollbar construction works
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 0300 123 5000.
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
|Date||Duration||Details||Allow an Extra|
|Friday 29/04/2016||Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Friday 29/04/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 Stonebridge Highway eastbound – road closure||up to 10 minutes|
|Saturday 30/04/2016||Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Saturday 30/04/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Sunday 01/05/2016||Off-peak days (9:30 to 15:30)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Sunday 01/05/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Monday 02/05/2016||Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Monday 02/05/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Tuesday 03/05/2016||Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)||In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A46 Coventry Eastern Bypass northbound – lane closure||up to 10 minutes|
|Tuesday 03/05/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Wednesday 04/05/2016||Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)||In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 London Road westbound – lane closure||up to 10 minutes|
|Wednesday 04/05/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Thursday 05/05/2016||Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)||In addition to the 24 hours traffic management listed below: A45 London Road westbound – lane closure||up to 10 minutes|
|Thursday 05/05/2016||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Friday 06/05/16||Off-peak days (09:30 to 15:30)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up to 10 minutes|
|Friday 06/05/16||Off-peak nights (20:00 to 06:00)||No additional measures to the 24 hour traffic management listed below||up 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.
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 – lane 3 closure, speed restricted to 40mph
• westbound – speed restricted to 40mph
A46 Kenilworth bypass
- northbound – lane 3 Northbound off-slip to Stivichall Junction closed, speed restricted to 40mph
Rowley Road and Siskin Drive
- lane closures
B4110 London Road
- lane closures
Will there be diversions?
There are no planned diversions next week.
Diversion maps and routes
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:
- great crested newt
We would plan and manage the works to reduce or eliminate any adverse impacts on these habitats and species.
|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 State||9 April 2013|
|Consultation on Scheme modifications||4 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 works||July 2013|
|Made Orders published on 9 August||August 2013|
|Start of Advance Works||August 2013|
|Public Exhibition||29 and 30 November 2013|
|Start of main construction||January 2014|
|Enter Activity e.g. preparatory works||Date or period if known, e.g. "Summer 2012"|
|Full scheme completion||Financial year 2016-2017|
Business Case - Information correct as at December 2010
Information leaflet for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement scheme.
Public Exhibition Leaflet
Invitation to draft Orders Exhibition
Side Roads Order
Compulsory Purchase Order
S19 Certificate Public Notice
Public Notice for Line and Side Road Order
CPO Public Notice current ownership
S19 Notice of Intention
Notice of PI
Notice of Intention to hold PI & PIM
Notice of PIM
Outline Statement of Case
Issue 6 - December 2015
Issue 5 - July 2015
Issue 4 - March 2015
Issue 3 - November 2014
issue 2 - July 2014
Issue 1 – March 2014
Details of the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement consultation - May 2013
The public inquiry 'minded to' decision letter and inspector's report for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement - April 2013
Scheme plan for the A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement scheme.
Public Consultation Report
Final Study Report
Appraisal Summary Table - August 2013