The A46 - A Road to National Success

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£115 billion

value of output produced by businesses in the corridor

The A46

Businesses along the A46 earn £115 billion for the UK economy each year. Almost half the total comes from industries that are dependent on an efficient road network.

Midlands Connect is focusing on a long-term strategy for upgrading the route which will support sustainable growth all the way from Gloucestershire to Humberside.

Home to 5.5 million residents, the corridor is already a national and international economic driver that connects the East and West Midlands to the South West and the North. Investing in infrastructure improvements along this route will create a resilient alternative to the existing motorway network for businesses and freight traffic. The proportion of road-reliant manufacturing, logistics and distribution, food production, construction and agriculture businesses based close to the A46 is significantly higher than the national average.

Click here to read Stage One of our A46 Corridor Study.

Midlands Connect is working hard to make this potential a reality. Among other things, we’re pressing for:
  • an upgrade to the A46 around Newark to be prioritised for completion by 2025
  • the development a business case for upgrades to the A46 from the M40 to Syston
  • a strategic study for making the A46 an expressway between the M5 and M40

The second stage of our A46 study will examine specific sections for more detailed development of possible interventions, while enhancing the strategic case for improvements around Newark.

2.83 million

number of people employed by businesses in the corridor (2015)


of goods and services produced on the A46 corridor are exported

“Motorists and freight are already using the A46 as an alternative to the motorway network between the South West and the East Midlands. At the moment, the A46 often can’t cope with those traffic levels; with more investment and improvements, it could become a proper alternative.”

Richard Crook, Operations Director,
Karndean Designflooring, Evesham

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