A511 Growth Corridor Scheme

The A511 major road network (MRN) growth corridor scheme proposes to make improvements to nine locations between the A42 junction 13 near Ashby-de-la Zouch and the A50 Field Head roundabout (east of the M1 Junction 22). This will include upgrading a section of Stephenson Way from single to dual carriageway, plus the construction of a new link road extending southwards from the A511 Bardon Road roundabout and linking with the housing development on Grange Road.   

Scheme overview

Transport studies commissioned by us concluded that housing and economic growth in the Coalville area would be severely restricted without investment in the A511 corridor. The route currently experiences notable levels of congestion and peak hour delay at several of its key junctions.

It is anticipated that construction will commence in Spring 2025 with completion expected towards the end of 2027.

Key benefits of the scheme

  • delivering increased capacity at key congested junctions thereby improving journey times and reliability of the route
  • providing an alternative access to the proposed housing development to the south-east of Coalville
  • delivering 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
  • supporting freight movements from East Midlands Gateway (strategic rail freight terminal) through the provision of a less congested and more reliable route
  • supporting public transport operations and encourage the use of sustainable transport; and
  • improving safety for pedestrians through the provision of better crossing facilities at the key junctions.
  • Improving access to existing and new jobs as well as supporting future housing growth in and around Coalville.

Growth Corridor map

Map showing 9 areas (1. Hoo Ash roundabout, 2. Thornborough Road roundabout, 3. Stephenson Way dualling, 4. Whitwick Road roundabout, 5. Broom Leys Road junction, 6.Bardon Road junction, 7.Birch Tree Road roundabout, 8.Flying Horse roundabout, 9.Field Head roundabout to be considered for road improvements along the A511 from Hoo Ash Roundabout down to the Field Head Roundabout.

Locations of proposed improvements

1. Hoo Ash roundabout

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

2. 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. A new signalised crossing will be added to the junction’s eastern arm.

3. Stephenson Way dualling

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

4. 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).

5. Broom Leys Road crossroads

Modify the existing traffic signal junction by altering the existing left turn lane on Stephenson Way into Broom Leys Road (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 removed.

6. Bardon Road roundabout 

This scheme upgrades the existing roundabout at the A511 Stephenson Way/Bardon Road Junction to allow for the construction of circa 450m new highway connecting the A511 Bardon Road to the housing developments at Grange Road.

7. Birch Tree Road roundabout

Widened entry and exits to the roundabout allowing three circulatory lanes (southbound) and keeping the two circulatory lanes on the exit towards Coalville (northbound).

8. Flying Horse roundabout

This scheme will see the current partially signalised roundabout altered so that traffic from Stanton Lane 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 introduction of a new signalised crossing on Copt Oak Road.

9. 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 and the southern circulatory will be widened to three lanes.

Business Case

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.

Further supporting documents