Why are we doing the improvements?
The A452 Europa Way corridor is a key route between the M40, Leamington Spa and Warwick. It is currently operating at capacity with heavy congestion at peak times. This includes regular queues back to the M40.
Without improvement the situation will worsen. New job creation and house building in the area will put more pressure on the travel network. The Warwick District Local Plan has identified that approximately 4,500 homes will be built within the corridor by 2029.
Activity in the wider area will affect the corridor. 3,000 homes will be built in nearby Gaydon and Lighthorne Heath – as recognised in the Stratford-on-Avon District Core Strategy.
The Europa Way Improvement programme has been allocated £3.6 million in funding from the Local Growth Fund, administered by the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership.
This funding will be used to take forward key transport improvements within the corridor.
The programme consists of a series of highways and sustainable transport improvement schemes. This programme will be a combination of developer led and funded schemes and council led schemes.
The work will result in improved traffic flows and reduced journey times. There will be a network of sustainable transport infrastructure and a choice of alternative forms of travel.
Overview of the programme
Highway works are due to start in May 2018. The programme will be delivered in phases, with their timing being dependent on:
An overview of all the planned schemes
The first three schemes are all developer led and funded – the indicative timescale for these schemes is:
|Scheme ref||Location||Start date||Duration||Description|
|S278-4||Europa Way – Olympus Avenue to Shires Retail Park roundabout||21st May 2018||13 months||4 way signal controlled access junction with Olympus Avenue and Europa Way and dualling approximately 450m of Europa Way. The initial work will take place away from the highway and is not expected to cause disruption.|
|S278-2||Europa Way – south of Harbury Lane/Gallows Hill roundabout||June 2018||10 months||4 way signal controlled access junction and dualling approximately 420m of Europa Way|
|S278-3||Gallows Hill – west of Europa Way/Harbury Lane roundabout||Late 2018||10 months||4 way signal controlled junction and widening of approximately 310m of Gallows Hill.|
This information will be updated regularly.
Works which are part of the programme will inevitably cause travel disruption. During the works motorists may want to change their travel patterns to avoid delays. This could include:
Europa Way Weekend Closure 03 to 05 November 2018
A weekend closure of Europa Way between the Greys Mallory roundabout and the Gallows Hill / Harbury Lane roundabout is planned for the first weekend of November to carry out road crossings for the utility services.
The road will be closed from 8.00 am on Saturday 03 November and is expected to reopen by 6.00 am on Monday 05 November. A suggested traffic diversion route will be in place.
Travel planning support is being offered to local businesses.
Keep up to date with developments
Europa Way Programme Update: October 2018
Works on the initial road schemes that form the first strand of the major programme of highway and sustainable transport improvements between the M40 and Leamington Spa are progressing well and are on schedule.
The scheme between Olympus Avenue and the Shires Retail Park roundabout to construct a new signalised junction, which will provide access to the Myton Green development, along with widening approximately 450 metres of Europa Way, is expected to be completed in September 2019.
The scheme to the south of the Gallows Hill roundabout, which involves the construction of a signalised junction and widening of approximately 400 metres of Europa Way, is expected to be completed in June 2019. The new junction will provide access into the developments on either side of Europa Way.
Both schemes are being funded by the developers of the adjacent housing sites, but are being delivered by Warwickshire County Council. The County Council is working closely with the developers to minimise the traffic disruption, however traffic management will be required at times.