A426/A4071 Avon Mill and Hunters Lane Improvement Scheme, Rugby

Closes 20 Mar 2024

Opened 8 Feb 2024


Warwickshire County Council is inviting feedback on proposals for a transport scheme to improve the A426 / A4071 Newbold Road at the Avon Mill roundabout and Hunters Lane junction in Rugby. The proposed scheme is designed to reduce congestion at this key bottleneck in the road network and give people greater choice over how they travel.

About the scheme

The A426/A4071 Avon Mill and Hunters Lane Improvement Scheme is located to the north of Rugby town centre on the main north south transport route and includes the A426 Newbold Road River Avon crossing.

The approximate area of the scheme is shown on the map below.

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Why do we need this scheme?

We want to address the traffic congestion in this area which causes queues, delays people's journeys and contributes to air pollution. Congestion is predicted to worsen as more houses are built and jobs are created in and around Rugby which will lead to more people wanting to travel through the area. Our proposals are designed to provide greater travel choices, improve traffic flow, and reduce journey times.

What does the scheme involve?

We are proposing a significant scheme which includes:

  • A new cycle route between the A426 Leicester Road and Wood Street. This includes replacing the narrow footbridge over the river with a new pedestrian / cycle bridge.
  • Enlarging Avon Mill roundabout with approaches and exits widened with additional lanes.
  • Replacing the T-junction at Hunters Lane with a roundabout and realigning Avon Mill Lane to connect to this.
  • A new 2-lane road bridge south of the existing bridge for northbound traffic with the existing bridge adjusted to provide 2-lanes for southbound traffic.
  • Other measures to ensure the scheme is safe and effective.

More details about the proposals are included in the survey.

Why are we engaging?

Warwickshire County Council is undertaking public engagement ahead of applying for planning permission and finalising a request for funding from the Government. We would like to know what you think about our proposals. Your feedback will be used to refine the scheme as we finalise the design.

Once this engagement has closed, Warwickshire County Council will review and consider all the feedback received and a summary will be added to this page.

If the scheme proceeds as expected then construction could start by Spring/Summer 2025, however this is a complex project, and the start date is reliant on finalising the design and securing funding. We also need to secure the necessary approvals which include planning permission and authorisation from the County Council to proceed.

Information to help you respond

Links to a set of information documents have been provided at the bottom of this webpage to explain the scheme and help you understand how the proposals could affect you. This includes a Frequently Asked Questions document which will be updated during the engagement.

We have also provided below links to a set of core supporting documents which set out the policy basis for the proposals.

Information events

Drop in and online public information events have been held for you to find out more about the project proposals and speak to the project team. Details about these events are provided below. As these have now passed we have also provided a recording of the online information session below (there is a 3 minute delay before the session starts).


  • Online presentation and question & answer session
    Wednesday 21 February 2024 at 19:00 to 20:30
  • The Benn Hall, Public drop-in session
    Thursday 22 February 2024 at 16:00 to 19:00
    Newbold Road, Rugby, CV21 2LN.

  • Rugby Central Shopping Centre, Public drop-in session
    Saturday 24 February 2024 at 10:00 to 16:00

    Market Mall, Rugby, CV21 2JR

How to have your say

  • Where possible please submit feedback using the online survey link below.
  • You can also feedback directly by emailing avonmill@warwickshire.gov.uk or writing to Warwickshire County Council, Avon Mill Engagement, Customer Service Centre, Shire Hall, Market Place, Warwick CV34 4RL.
  • If you would prefer to complete a paper copy of the online feedback form or you require a copy of this in an alternative format or different language, please email avonmill@warwickshire.gov.uk or telephone Warwickshire County Council’s Customer Services 01926 410410.

Warwickshire County Council is not able to respond to comments and feedback on an individual basis but would like to assure you that all feedback is valuable and will be considered as part of the development of the designs and proposals.

The survey will close on Wednesday 20 March 2024.

What next?

The next steps for the project are to:

  • Apply for planning permission to build the scheme. We hope to submit the application during 2024.
  • Submit business cases setting out the rationale for the scheme to the Department for Transport with the aim of securing government funding.
  • Finalise the scheme design. Some elements of the design are still being worked on and feedback provided through this engagement will inform the design work.

There will be a further opportunity to comment on the proposals when the planning application is submitted. The application will be subject to statutory consultation and determined by Warwickshire County Council in its capacity as a Local Planning Authority and in accordance with local and national planning policy.

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