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This technical report introduces Midlands Connect's 20-year improvement plan for the A46 –one of the country’s most important trade routes.
Midlands Connect has released the first ever improvement plan for the entire A46 corridor, with a 20-year vision to future-proof the route and boost the national economy. Stage One of the A46 Corridor Study recommends the acceleration of coordinated investment at key congestion hotspots - including Evesham, Stratford-upon-Avon, Coventry, Leicester, Newark and Lincoln - where rush hour average speeds regularly fall below 20mph.
The A46 corridor stretches for 155 miles from Gloucestershire to Lincolnshire, is home to 5.5 million people and 2.9 million jobs, with an economic output of £115 billion a year, equivalent to 9% of the English economy.
The second stage of Midlands Connect’s A46 corridor study will further develop the proposed improvements and their respective business cases, and is due for release in 2019.
A46 Corridor Study Stage One, Enhanced Strategic Case