Catthorpe Interchange improvements given final go-ahead

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Two major road schemes to upgrade key junctions around Rugby have been given the go-ahead by the Roads Minister Stephen Hammond, after successfully completing the final stages of the planning process.

Improvements to the M1 junction 19 (A14) Catthorpe interchange near Rugby and A45 and A46 Tollbar End junction near Coventry which are both used by over 90,000 vehicles each day, can now move to the next stage of development.

This means that the Highways Agency can now continue to work with contractors on progressing and completing detailed project designs for both schemes, with construction work due to start between January and March 2014.

Roads Minister Stephen Hammond said: “It is great that we have been able to give the green-light for both of these important interchanges and they can now move a step closer towards construction.

“These improvements are vital for the economy, but most importantly for motorists in the Midlands, in reducing congestion levels and making journey times quicker in and around these 2 busy junctions.”

The decision to progress both schemes, made on Thursday, is the result of the Department for Transport and the Department for Communities and Local Government accepting the planning and environmental recommendations made by independent inspectors.

Around 142,000 vehicles use the Catthorpe Interchange every day.

The improvements will provide free-flow links for the major turning movements at Junction 19, whilst retaining the M1 on its current alignment allowing free-flow traffic to pass between the M6 and A14. It will also include a three-level interchange involving the construction of 6 new bridges and the demolition of 2 existing bridges.

As part of the improvement, the local road network will be improved by a new link between Rugby Road and Shawell Lane north of the M6; a local route under the junction between Swinford and Catthorpe; and improvements to Shawell Lane between Catthorpe Road and the M6.