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A47 Earl Shilton Bypass

Press Release 27/03/09 - Superbikes and sports cars help kickstart bypass

World-famous sports cars and motorbikes have been involved in the opening of a long-awaited bypass designed to tackle congestion in Earl Shilton.
The three-mile road provides a new route around the town, relieving the centre of the current traffic nuisance and cutting journey times for drivers on the A47.
Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon MP officially opened the bypass this morning (27th March).
The full press release
View an information leaflet about the opening ceremony (pdf, 646kb)

27th March 2009 - Opening ceremony

Clickers Way Sign
The adjacent sign has been installed alongside the carriageway near to Thurlaston Lane bridge.

Picture of the Clickers Way sign

Opening Ceremony Procession
Around 20 sports cars and motorbikes built in Leicestershire by Caterham and Triumph took part in the ceremony and were the first to drive along the new road. The adjacent picture shows the procession being formed.
Picture of the opening ceremony procession forming
Triumph motorbikes
The Triumph motorbikes take their place in the procession - see adjacent picture and below.
Picture of two Triumph motorbikes
  Motorbikes in the procession
Caterham Cars
The Caterham cars arrive to take their place in the procession - see adjacent picture and below.
Picture of the Caterham cars arriving
  Picture of the Caterham cars taking their place in the procession
Opening Ceremony
The opening ceremony took place under Thurlaston Lane bridge, next to the Clickers Way sign.
Picture of the opening ceremony
Ribbon cutting
In the adjacent picture Transport Secretary Geoff Hoon MP is cutting the ribbon to open the bypass.
Picture of the ribbon cutting
Getting ready to move off
The riders and drivers returned to their vehicles after the opening ceremony to get ready to parade along the new bypass - see adjacent picture and below.
Picture of the drivers getting ready for the procession
  Picture of the motorbikes getting ready for the procession
In the adjacent picture British Supersport rider Paul Young can be seen taking his place in the procession. Picture of British Supersport rider Paul Young
Bypass open
Once the procession had passed the traffic lights were switched on and the bypass opened to traffic - see adjacent picture.
A picture of the bypass open sign
Traffic on the bypass
Some of the first vehicles to travel on the bypass can be seen in the adjacent picture.
A picture of traffic on the new bypass
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The Scheme

To view an overall scheme plan of the bypass, please select the following link:
Overall scheme plan (pdf format, 383 kb)
The Bypass is approximately 5km (3.0 miles) long and follows the corridor established in the Local Plan that links the A47 Hinckley Northern Perimeter Road from a new roundabout at Carrs Hill to the A47 Leicester Road north east of Earl Shilton. The Bypass is a 7.3 metre wide single carriageway with one metre wide hard strips alongside. Quiet road surfacing material was used throughout its length. A combined footway/cycleway 2.5 metre wide has been provided along the length of the Bypass with connections to the existing cycle facilities along the Hinckley Northern Perimeter Road and to the side roads at each junction.
To view scheme plans for which planning permission was granted, select the following links:
A47 (west) to Breach Lane (pdf format, 1,966 kb)
Mill Lane to A47 (east) (pdf format, 1,325 kb)
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Aim and Objectives

The overall aim of the Bypass is to improve conditions along the A47 in Earl Shilton, that will enable complementary improvements to be made to the town centre in order to provide a safe, accessible and environmentally more attractive place for the local community.
The principle objectives of the scheme are:-
  • to channel local through-traffic including heavy goods vehicles and congestion away from Earl Shilton onto a purpose built highway;
  • to enhance the local environment in Earl Shilton by reducing the traffic problems of; severance, intimidation, noise and air pollution;
  • to improve accessibility for public transport, pedestrians and cyclists by enabling an integrated package of improvements to be undertaken in the centre of Earl Shilton;
  • to assist planned economic growth and developments within the town and surrounding area by providing primary or improved access;
  • to enhance road safety for all users by diverting local through-traffic away from the centre of Earl Shilton and thereby reducing vehicle conflicts in the town centre, residential areas, schools and community facilities along the A47.

Scheme History

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