One of the key challenges for the Technology Park masterplan is the solution to upgrade access and egress to the MIRA site and to improve the ability for the A5 to manage the increased traffic to and from the site.
The A5 trunk road performs a strategic role linking the M69 to the East with the M42 to the West, which makes it an attractive location for many businesses in the area. It must also cater for the main towns within the A5 corridor namely Nuneaton, Hinckley and Atherstone. As a consequence of this, the A5 experiences significant traffic demand throughout the day. Its ability to deal with traffic demand is constrained due to the single carriageway sections and the layouts of junction, and also importantly due to the lack of public transport available in the area to travel to work.
Given this situation, MIRA is planning significant investment to create a new second access to the Technology Park together with improved junctions to allow better traffic flow and to create a dual carriageway along part of the A5 which is currently single carriageway. This will enable the additional travel demand to be accommodated. In addition a green travel plan will significantly improve public transport links to and from the site, and create a cyclist friendly route to work. These traffic and transport measures will not only enable the expansion of the MIRA development to take place, but will also be of benefit to the residents and people moving to and from work in the area.
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