A46 wish list drawn up by roads chiefs - The Evesham Observer

A46 wish list drawn up by roads chiefs

Evesham Editorial 9th Mar, 2018   0

A MAJOR transport blueprint that aims to ensure the often gridlocked A46 is improved has been revealed by cross-county transport chiefs.

The report from the A46 Partnership has been seen by the Observer and highlights the congestion hot-spots and a wish list of improvements.

The A46 Partnership has been formed to co-ordinate the efforts of the local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships linked by this 70-mile stretch of road and highlight the need for more to be done.

Local business chiefs and numerous local MPs, including Evesham MP Nigel Huddleston, have given their support to the partnership.

Council chiefs at both Worcestershire County Council and Wychavon District Council are also part of the partnership.

Evesham’s bypass is among the top five priorities for urgent Government investment in the report, which highlights Worcestershire LEP’s claim an improved A46 would help areas such as Vale Park become a ‘world class’ business location.

In the report, the inconsistency of single and dual carriageway along the stretch of the A46 is highlighted and blamed for the congestion endured by motorists on a daily basis.

“An example of this inconsistency in the standard of the A46 route can be seen at Evesham where the six junctions around the town are matched by a further 11 junctions south of the town.

“Which all add up to a stretch of trunk road that struggles to meet its regional and national significance; put simply the A46 through Worcestershire carries too many local trips.

“If nothing is done to upgrade the A46 corridor things will only get worse in the future.

“A review of relevant Local Plans has revealed a number of proposed developments which will potentially increase trips in future years and which, if approved, may further impact on the ability of the A46 to serve its primary functions.

“Businesses along the route are already affected by current congestion levels and future planned growth may not be possible unless improvements are made to the strategic road network.

“There is also a knock-on effect with growth at some locations along the A46 corridor impacting further afield.”

Transport chiefs have called on the Government allocate funding to Highways England for the development of the improvements between 2020 and 2025 with construction to be completed by 2030.

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