A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement

Charlie Stewart

A45/A46 Tollbar End Improvement

Improvements to the A45 Stonebridge Highway and the Tollbar End roundabout in southern Coventry.

Scheme stats

Region: West Midlands
Start date: January 2014
Cost: £106 million
Type: Major Scheme
End date: December 2016
Project status

Progress report

We have made a temporary alteration to the traffic lanes at the junction of Siskin Drive and Rowley Road until the permanent layout is completed. This temporary layout means that we can keep on schedule and open roads as soon as possible.


Date Event
1998 The scheme was first proposed in the Government published 'A New Deal For Trunk Roads in England'
April 2003 Following a public consultation and approval by Warwick local regional planning body it was entered into the Targeted Programme of Improvements
June 2003 The TR111 was issued to local councils
Spring 2005 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
2006 We developed the scheme further
March 2007 Public exhibition
Spring 2009 Draft Orders and an Environmental Statement for the scheme were published. A public exhibition of the proposals was held in Coventry
January/February 2010 Public Inquiry
April 2013 'Minded to' decision by the Secretaries of State
May 2013 Consultation on scheme modifications
July 2013 The decision into the 2010 Public Inquiry was published confirming that the scheme would proceed with some minor modifications works
August 2013 Made Orders published
August 2013 Start of advance works
November 2013 Start of works exhibition
January 2014 Start of main construction
2016/2017 Scheme completion

Why we need this scheme

Tollbar island is one of the most heavily congested junctions in the region at peak times. We also need to improve access to local businesses and Coventry Airport.

The scheme in detail

We are improving 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. We will:
  • 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
  • enlarge the Tollbar roundabout and improve all the existing accesses
  • widen the existing A45 Stonebridge Highway to a 3 lane dual carriageway between the new Tollbar roundabout and Stivichall junction to improve capacity and safety
  • improve access by changing the junction of Siskin Drive and Rowley Road from a roundabout to a traffic light controlled junction
  • install traffic lights on the new Tollbar End roundabout with signals connected to those at the Siskin Drive and Rowley Road junction controlled to provide maximum efficiency in traffic flow
  • install new sign gantries and re-paint the lane markings to improve the northbound A46 Kenilworth Bypass approach to Stivichall junction and existing road signs in this area
  • improve pedestrian access around Tollbar End roundabout and create a new footpath/cycleway along the southern side of the A45 Stonebridge Highway, linking the two junctions together
We will also construct a new footbridge across the River Soweto accommodate the new footpath/cycleway Other new structures will include:
  • new sign gantries on the existing A46 Kenilworth Bypass, south of Stivichall junction
  • retaining walls at Tollbar End roundabout
  • retaining walls to minimise land take
The scheme will take approximately 3 years to build. Our main construction compound will be located on land to the immediate west of the Stonebridge Trading Estate, off the Rowley Road. We will ensure access to businesses and properties is maintained at all times. We will plan the construction of the scheme over a number of carefully planned phases to minimise effects on the public and the environment. To find out more:


The aims of the scheme are to:
  • reduce congestion and improve capacity at Tollbar End roundabout and on the A45 Stonebridge Highway
  • improve access to local businesses and Coventry Airport
  • improve pedestrian/cyclist access around Tollbar End roundabout

Environment impact

The landscape surrounding the scheme includes areas of agriculturally improved grassland and arable land, with occasional small woodlands and areas of scrub. The area 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. We have conducted surveys and consultations which show some habitats of interest and species near to the proposed road corridor. Species of interest include:
  • birds
  • reptiles
  • greater crested newts
  • badgers
  • otters
We are planning and managing our work to reduce or eliminate any adverse impacts on these habitats and species.

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