Houlton’s new 1.5 mile link road, Houlton Way has officially opened to the public this week, master developer Urban&Civic has announced.
The completion of the major piece of infrastructure will directly join the new neighbourhood to Rugby town centre and the wider area.
The road opened on the 21 November and includes a purpose-built cycle road and footpath, allowing safe, quick and easy access for the whole community.
After 18 months of construction, the new road has been completed seven years ahead of schedule thanks to a £35million investment from Homes England, accelerating its construction significantly.
Connecting to the town’s existing junction at Butlers Leap, the link road features a new bridge over the canal and runs parallel to the waterway before crossing Hillmorton Lane and joining the edge of Houlton.
Its completion has unlocked the next phase of the new neighbourhood’s development, which allows its fourth housebuilder, Redrow, to launch three show homes and accelerate progression of housing across the western edge of the site.
Richard Coppell, Development Director at Urban&Civic, said: “The opening of the link road marks a pivotal point in the development of Houlton. This major piece of infrastructure directly connects the community to Rugby town centre and the wider area, whether travelling by car, bicycle or walking.
“The new route both improves Houlton’s excellent connectivity to Rugby and the wider area, but allows our fourth premium housebuilder Redrow to accelerate work along the western edge of the development, offering even more opportunity for prospective homebuyers to find their dream home at Houlton,” he added.
Once complete, Houlton will feature 6,200 new homes, an additional two primary schools, a secondary school, a nursery, a GP health centre, convenience store and extensive walkways, cycleways and green spaces. The development is a joint venture between master developers Urban&Civic and Aviva Investors.
Prospective homebuyers can now reserve plots for a range of two, three, four, and five-bedroom houses from four prestigious housebuilders, Redrow, Davidsons Homes, Crest Nicholson and Morris Homes.