The A46 Partnership has been established to produce a strategy to deliver planned infrastructure improvements to the A46 between M5 Junction 9 and M6/M69 at Coventry.
The route provides a strategic link between the East Midlands, Bristol and the South West, offering an important alternative to the A42/M42 for traffic travelling between the M1 and the M5. The route consists of a mixture of single, wide single and dual carriageway sections. This current inconsistency in standard leads to a poor end to end journey experience for users, and limits the strategic value of the route.
Given the continued pressures of growth within areas such as Coventry, Warwick/Leamington Spa, Stratford-upon-Avon, Redditch, Bromsgrove, Evesham, Worcester and Tewkesbury, it is critical to assess the longevity of this corridor beyond the existing Local Plan Periods.
The A46 Partnership (Member) group
The A46 Partnership (Member) group has been formed to develop a collective understanding of the increasing strategic role of the A46 in supporting the Midlands and wider UK economy, and to make a clear case for investment by Government in the A46 corridor to support future growth and address known congestion and safety issues.
The group met for the first time in October 2016 and comprises Councillors and representatives from the following organisations:
- Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership
- Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership
- GFirst (Gloucestershire) Local Enterprise Partnership
- Coventry City Council
- Warwickshire County Council
- Worcestershire County Council
- Gloucestershire County Council
- Rugby Borough Council
- Warwick District Council
- Stratford-on-Avon District Council
- Wychavon District Council
- Tewkesbury Borough Council
The Partnership has developed a joint Statement of Intent which relates to the section of the A46 between the M6/M69 (Coventry), M40 (Warwick) and M5 (Tewkesbury). The road is the responsibility of Highways England, passing through parts of Coventry, Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire.
Joint Statement of Intent
“The Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, GFirst (Gloucestershire) Local Enterprise Partnership, Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council, Worcestershire County Council, Gloucestershire County Council, Rugby Borough Council, Warwick District Council, Stratford-on-Avon District Council, Wychavon District Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council agree to work collaboratively with Highways England and other stakeholders to jointly review the cumulative impact of planned growth along the A46 between the M6/M69, M40 and M5, in order to determine a strategy for what further investment is required to ensure the corridor functions efficiently as part of the Strategic Road Network and its continued viability as an alternative route from the East Midlands to the South West.”