Catthorpe Interchange improvements could start next year

Catthorpe Interchange
Catthorpe Interchange

Concerns about the Catthorpe Interchange have been raised in the House of Commons by Rugby’s MP.

Mark Pawsey MP asked the Government on the floor of the House of Commons what progress had been made on allocating funding for improvements to the junction at the Catthorpe interchange.

Speaking in the Commons, Mr Pawsey said: “I have previously raised concerns about a stretch of the M6 which has become known as “Rugby’s mad mile”, can we have a statement on the progress of bringing forward urgently needed improvements to this junction?”

The Leader of the House of Commons, Andrew Lansley, replied saying: “My honourable Friend will know that the local public inquiry into the proposed improvement of Catthorpe closed on 16 March this year. Their report is currently being considered but subject to a satisfactory outcome of this process the Highways Agency expects that construction could start in the spring of 2014.

“That would be sooner than the date announced in the Chancellor’s 2011 autumn statement, when it was stated that the scheme would be prepared for start of construction before 2015.”

Speaking after Mr Pawsey said he was pleased he was able to ask for an update on the improvements, following another death at the notorious junction last month.

Mr Pawsey said: “Whilst reiterating that the public inquiry report is still being considered, the Leader of the House told me that he expects construction to start in the spring of 2014. For my constituents, local businesses and for road users in general, the project cannot start soon enough. This is an important stretch of the motorway used by drivers from across the country and an important link onto the motorway system for Rugby residents so news that the improvement schedule is likely to be brought forward is very welcomed indeed.”