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A511 Growth Corridor Scheme

Plans for the A511 growth corridor will see improvements made to nine locations between the A42 Junction 13 at Ashby to the Field Head roundabout near junction 22 of the M1, including upgrading a section of Stephenson Way from a single to a dual carriageway. Proposals also include plans to connect the A511 to Bardon Link Road and create a new north-south link across Coalville.

These improvements are essential to boost housing and employment in an area of Leicestershire which is rapidly growing.

The scheme will help to improve congestion, unlock further homes and jobs in the area and improve journey times for residents and users of the corridor.  It will also help to improve the resilience of the A42 and M1 – which are ‘gateways’ to East Midlands Airport.

Our proposals will: 

  • deliver increased capacity at key congested junctions 
  • provide an alternative access to the proposed housing development to the southeast of Coalville
  • deliver improved connectivity to key destinations as well as international gateways, such as, Leicester and East Midlands Airport by reducing delays onto and off the M1 and A42
  • support freight movements from East Midlands Gateway (strategic rail freight terminal) through the provision of a less congested and reliable route
  • support public transport operations and encourage the use of sustainable transport
  • improve safety for pedestrians through the provision of better crossing facilities at the key junctions.

It will also: 

  • improve connectivity between the M1 and A42
  • improve access to existing and new jobs in a deprived area
  • unlock further homes in the area
  • improve journey times and reliability for residents and users of the corridor
  • support a logistics and freight network with more reliable journey times 
  • improve safety for all road users.

The scheme would cost an estimated £49m and Midlands Connect is bidding, on Leicestershire’s behalf for around £42m with the remainder coming from £7m worth of developer contributions. 

If funding is approved, construction is due to commence in 2022/2023 and expected to be completed by 2025. 

View PDF version of the above A511 Growth Corridor map  Opens new window


26/10/2019 - Views sought on major A511 improvements

Supporting documents 

The Outline Business Case below formed part of the bid submission to the Department for Transport’s Major Road Network for funding to deliver improvements at nine locations along the A511.

A511 MRN Growth Corridor Outline Business Case  Opens new window

Appendix D - Statement of Community Involvement  Opens new window

A511 MRN Options Assessment Report   Opens new window

Further supporting documents

Environment & Transport Overview and Scrutiny Committee Report (7 November 2019) 

Cabinet Report (22 November 2019)  

View plans for each of the proposed nine locations below

Hoo Ash roundabout  Opens new windowOpens new window

Widened entry and exit to the roundabout allowing two ahead lanes for the A511 in both directions.

Thornborough Road roundabout 

Widened entry and exit to the roundabout allowing two ahead lanes for the A511 in both directions.  The existing crossing on the western (McDonalds) side of the A511 will be retained.

Dualing Stephenson Way 

Alter the existing single lane road to a dual carriageway on Stephenson Way between the Thornborough Road and Whitwick Road roundabouts.

Whitwick Road roundabout 

Widened approaches and exits allowing two ahead lanes for A511 in both directions, with proposal for a signalised pedestrian crossing on the junction’s eastern side (Morrisons).

Broom Leys Road crossroads 

Modify the existing traffic signal junction by altering the existing left turn lane on Stephenson Way into Broom Leys Lane (Eastbound) to enable ahead and left traffic. 

Removing some of the verge and footway to provide two ahead lanes for traffic travelling northbound on Stephenson Way. 

This will require the existing right turn onto Broom Leys Road (Westbound) to be banned.

Bardon Link Road roundabout 

This scheme upgrades the existing roundabout at the A511 Stephenson Way / Bardon Road Junction to allow for a new southern arm which would connect to the developer delivered Bardon Link Road.

Birch Tree roundabout 

Widened entry and exits to the roundabout allowing three lanes and keeping the two lanes on the exit towards Coalville.

Flying Horse roundabout 

This scheme will see the current partially signalised roundabout altered so that traffic from Stanton Road and traffic from Copt Oak Road can only turn left onto the A511.

Traffic travelling on the A511 will not be able to turn right into Stanton Lane

The scheme will also see the existing pedestrian crossings kept with an additional crossing provided on Stanton Lane.

Field Head roundabout 

It is proposed to introduce part time signals on the A50 approaches to the roundabout. A two lane exit is proposed on Launde Road.

Updates for this scheme will also be available by following the council on Twitter @LeicsCounty

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