Warwickshire County Council has announced the completion of construction of an important strategic project for the area.
The County Council designed scheme at Gaydon comprises a new dual carriageway to replace the B4100 and B4451 and improve the link from the British Motor Museum to the M40 at Junction 12. This new 1.5 km road took approximately 18 months to complete by Geoffrey Osborne Contractors and cost approximately £10M to design and construct.
The £10.1M scheme is funded equally between the County Council, DfT Pinch Point Fund and the Regional Growth Fund via the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership (CWLEP).
It is the first of a number of improvements which, when complete, will reduce congestion, improve safety and unlock a number proposed major new development sites at Gaydon and the immediate area.
A further £1.5M has been provided by Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to accommodate extending the scheme to ensure that there is sufficient capacity on the network to allow traffic to reach their site safely whilst JLR continue to develop their internal infrastructure.
The construction contract has been awarded to and work is due to start on Monday 8th December and take 13 months to complete.
Cllr Peter Butlin, portfolio holder for transport and planning, said: "The project will provide vital safety improvements on the motorway and surrounding roads and that is essential as the situation needs to be addressed to keep road users safe. We recognise that the road, as it was, was dangerous for road users and this work, both the county council's and Highways England's schemes, will address that."
Pete Richings, of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The role of the Coventry and Warwickshire Local Enterprise Partnership is to help drive growth in our economy and this project will do just that as well as improving safety on the road system in the area.
“It is vital that we allow areas and companies to achieve their potential, and ensuring that key infrastructure is in place to allow development is a key ingredient to making that happen.
“This is just the first phase of improvements which will unlock some considerable economic investment.”
Cllr Philip Johnson, Chair of the Communities Overview and Scrutiny Committee, said: "The improvements to this junction are critical to the economic development of the county and will greatly improve access for workers at the Jaguar Land Rover site and other proposed development sites in the area. We need to make sure that the area is easily and safely accessible by road; these works will do much to achieve that."
PICTURE: left to right - Simon Kite (Geoffrey Osborne), Pete Richings (CWLEP / Jaguar Land Rover), MP Jeremy Wright, Peter Butlin and Philip Johnson (WCC)