A5 Partnership

Welcome to the A5 Partnership

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The A5 Partnership is made up of 18 local councils supported by other public agencies along a 70 mile stretch from Gailey in Staffordshire, to Weedon in Northamptonshire (via Leicestershire and Warwickshire). It is supported by Highways England, four Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), Midlands Connect, East Midlands Councils and the Homes and Communities Agency.


The five key objectives of the partnership are to:

  • Raise awareness of the importance of the increasing economic role of the A5 through the Midlands
  • Collaborate and effectively plan for growth impacts affecting the A5
  • Make the case for future investment on improvements to tackle key congestion issues
  • Develop a strategy for the A5 around these principles


The A5 is a strategic east-west corridor linking key settlements across the heart of England but predominantly, it is a single carriageway road subject to delays and accidents.

Historically, the A5 has provided a long distance strategic route between London and Holyhead through large parts of southern and central England. Whilst this role diminished to more of a distributor role with the opening of the M1, M6 and M6 Toll, the corridor remains a key artery of movement which provides access to economic activity and growth.

In recent years, there has been a growing concern from local authorities in East and West Midlands regarding the performance and future role of the A5. This has led to the formation of the A5 Partnership.

The A5 Partnership has been working with Highways England, the Homes and Communities Agency and more recently Midlands Connect, to influence strategic investment decisions for improving this increasingly important strategy road corridor. The partnership has also engaged with key businesses along the corridor and MPs representing the constituencies that straddle the A5. The partnership has secured their collective support in seeking to lobby for improvements.

Last updated: ‎14‎/‎11‎/‎2017‎ ‎15‎:‎33‎:‎11