Rugby Borough Council to rethink objection to Catthorpe Interchange improvements

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AN OBJECTION to the Highways Agency’s proposed improvements to the Catthorpe Interchange will be reconsidered by Rugby Borough Council.

The council had originally objected to the proposed scheme, on the basis that the upgraded interchange would prevent movements from the M6 to the M1 northbound, and from the A14 to the M1 southbound, as well as the same movements in the opposite directions. The council argued that the movements are important to Rugby-based businesses.

Now the council will consider a report pointing out that there is no money available for an enhanced scheme, and that the cost in human terms of not upgrading the junction would be too great.

Cllr Heather Timms, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the economy, said: “Ideally, we would still like to see an improved all-movements junction at the Catthorpe interchange. However, we do need to be pragmatic.

“The junction improvements that have been proposed by the Highways Agency will save lives, and for the vast majority of journeys will save time and ease congestion.

“With no money available for the improvements we would like, we have to accept that the current proposals are the best that we will get. We must now remove our objection and request that the Highways Agency programme these works as soon as possible.

“The repeated loss of life at this junction is unacceptable. These improvements cannot come soon enough.”

Rugby-based business organisations and employers have also indicated that they will not object to the proposed scheme, but would like to see further improvements in future.

The report will be considered by councillors at the Council meeting due to take place at 7pm tomorrow (Tuesday), at the Town Hall, Rugby. The agenda can be viewed at www.rugby.gov.uk.