Have your say on plans to build a new dual carriageway near Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth

The consultation deadline is this weekend

The deadline is fast approaching for people to have their say on plans to build a new dual carriageway near Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.
The deadline is fast approaching for people to have their say on plans to build a new dual carriageway near Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.

The deadline is fast approaching for people to have their say on plans to build a new dual carriageway near Leamington, Warwick and Kenilworth.

The new link road is planned between the A46 Stoneleigh Junction, the University of Warwick and Westwood Heath.

Warwickshire County Council (WCC) said plans are still at an early stage and it is currently looking at three options - but it is still keen to get feedback from the public.

A spokesperson for WCC said: "The feedback received will help steer the project to ensure that a beneficial but balanced scheme is developed reflecting the views of the local community and wider stakeholders.

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"The new transport corridor is part of a strategic long-term plan for sustainable growth in this region.

"These plans include wider cycle networks for Warwickshire and Coventry and improved access to other methods of travelling."

But Cycleways - a volunteer group campaigning for better cycle provision in Warwick Leamington and Kenilworth - said WCC has failed to take note of its own strategic objectives on climate change and sustainable transport.

Tony Lewenz, chairman of Cycleways, said: “The mitigation of climate change is supposedly one of the key strategic objectives of the county council and yet it only plays lip-service to sustainable options ,failing even to consider them in their detailed modelling exercise.

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“As we move into the post-COVID era with more remote working we need to reconsider plans to cover even more of our countryside with tarmac. The county council needs to move away from its obsession with motor vehicles and deliver on its commitments to counter climate change."

The consultation will close at Midnight on Sunday February 14.

Cllr Jeff Clarke, portfolio holder for transport and highways, said: “The A46 Strategic Link Road Scheme is an exciting project that will bring tangible economic benefits to the County and the wider sub-region. In addition to this, it will also relieve congestion on smaller highways leading to the University of Warwick and Westwood Heath.

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“I would urge as many residents as possible get involved in this consultation exercise to ensure their voices are heard before the Consultation closes on Sunday February 14. Working together, in partnership, we can ensure that our communities continue to be supported by the excellent transport infrastructure that they deserve.”