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Official opening of the A46 Binley flyover marked by classic car crossing

February 3, 2023

Today, Friday 3 February 2023, saw the official opening of the new flyover on the A46 Binley junction, Coventry. A series of classic Jaguar cars crossed the flyover to mark the occasion with Transport Minister, Richard Holden, and Lord Mayor of Coventry, Kevin Maton, amongst the passengers.

The 4-lane flyover, 135m long and weighing in at 14,000-tonnes, was delivered by Octavius Infrastructure on behalf of National Highways. It separates long distance and local traffic allowing vehicles not accessing the locality to continue their journey without slowing and stopping at the roundabout, saving them time whilst reducing congestion and pollution and making journeys safer.

Work at the Binley junction is part of the A46 Coventry junctions upgrade programme which aims to address the major bottlenecks on the strategic road link between the East and West Midlands. Work on the next element, Walsgrave junction, is expected to begin next year following the appointment of Octavius as the main contractor for the works.

Facts and figures:

  • Work commenced in March 2020. The flyover opened to traffic in July 2022.
  • The new Binley junction flyover is 135m long and weighs 14,000-tonnes.
  • During construction, we sank 94 concrete piles into the ground to support it.
  • 32 beams weighing a total of 720 tonnes were lifted into place over weekend road closures.
  • We poured 900m3 of concrete to complete the bridge deck.
  • 125,000 tonnes of stone were compacted to create the approach ramps.
  • During the course of the project, we delivered over £33m social value added as measured using the IES framework.

To read more about the project, view our case study or contact Mike Todd (mike.todd@octavius.co.uk).

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