The A46 Strategic Link Road is a critical transport infrastructure scheme that is supported jointly by Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and Stratford and Warwick District Councils. This exciting scheme will support significant economic and housing growth within South Coventry and the adjoining area of Warwickshire, as well as providing an essential role in managing travel demand generated by significant growth areas within Solihull, clustered particularly around the HS2 Interchange, which will put increased pressure upon existing roads, notably the A45 and the A452.
The first phase of this link Road scheme, the improvement of the A46 Stoneleigh Interchange, is fully funded and is currently under construction, with planned completion set for Spring 2023.
In order to fully realise the wide-ranging benefits of the wider A46 Strategic Link Road and to ensure that it can be adequately funded, Coventry City Council and Warwickshire County Council, in full consultation with Warwick and Stratford District Councils, have taken the decision to defer the previously lodged application to the Department for Transport’s for Major Road Network (MRN) / Large Local Major (LLM) programme funding by 2-years.
Instead, the Councils consider that a future MRN / LLM funding submission will feature the submission of a business case for investment in a wider transport package of measures, including the A46 Link Road as appropriate, being the preferred way forward.
The timetable for the submission of a future MRN / LLM bid would, as well as fitting with the Local Plan programme, also fit with the regional funding programme, such as the West Midlands Combined Authority’s City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement which is unlikely to be able to provide funding for the scheme until 2027.