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Meeting to oppose A46 Expressway Plan

Residents of affected Parishes are invited to a meeting on Thursday 4th April to oppose this plan.


This meeting will be held on 4 APRIL 2019 at 7.00pm in The Coplow Centre, Uppingham Rd, Billesdon, Leicester LE7 9FL.   To book a place, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 01455 444679.

Three organisations, CPRE Leicestershire, South and East Leicestershire Action Group (SELAG) and Willoughby Waterleys Residents Association (WWRA) have come together to seek support from all Parishes and Villages along the potential route of the new A46 Expressway that would be affected by this MASSIVE development proposal.

At this meeting updates will be given, the implications of doing nothing and how policies can be challenged will be explained, and alternatives considered.

The Expressway Plan
The Leicester and Leicestershire Strategic Growth Plan (SGP) includes the construction of a new 70 mph Dual Carriageway Expressway from Junction 2 of M69, via a new junction J20A on the M1, through Blaby, Harborough and Charnwood Council areas around South and East Leicestershire, linking to the A46 at Syston. In addition, 38,000 new homes and huge Employment Developments are proposed along this route.

Momentum for development is growing now
This is not a theoretical Plan. There are already proposals for a huge “Garden Village” between Countesthorpe, Cosby and Willoughby Waterleys and a new junction J20A on the M1.
In addition, Midlands Connect will be publishing the results of their Options Study into upgrading A46 trunk route from Gloucester to Immingham in the Spring. This will include analysis of the bypass options for routes around Leicester as a part of the proposals.

The SGP chooses a South and East bypass around Leicester but we consider that there are other options and question the need for the fully upgraded A46.

If the Midlands Connect report also recommends a South and East bypass route there will be real commitment and momentum to large-scale development along the whole route supported by all the Leicestershire Councils - County, District and City.

There are alternative approaches, which should be tested before any commitment is given, but there is no evidence that these are being investigated by any of the Councils. We need to challenge this NOW if the SGP implementation is to be halted.

This is not a normal small local issue. IT WILL AFFECT THE WHOLE OF SOUTH AND EAST LEICESTERSHIRE.  Important and attractive rural areas and countryside, especially High Leicestershire, are under threat from the SGP and the A46 Expressway plan.

Come and Join CPRE Leicestershire 

CPRE has been challenging the SGP and the A46 Expressway proposals through detailed investigation and campaigning since 2017.

Join us now and help fight this plan.


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