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Geography and location

The Coventry & Warwickshire geography is made up of the five Warwickshire districts of North Warwickshire, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Rugby, Warwick and Stratford; along with the City of Coventry which is a metropolitan authority.

The area has excellent connectivity being served by several major motorways including the M40 connecting London to Birmingham; the M6 connecting north-western England and the West Midlands to the M1 motorway (and then on to London) and the M69 Coventry to Leicester motorway.

Other major trunk routes are the A45 (Rugby-Coventry-Birmingham and east into Northamptonshire); the A46 (connecting the M40 to the M6 via Warwick, Kenilworth and Coventry), the A452 (Leamington to Birmingham route) and the A5 which runs through Warwickshire passing Nuneaton between Tamworth and Hinckley.

Two major railway lines pass through Warwickshire: the Chiltern Main Line, the former Great Western route from London to Birmingham and the West Coast Main Line which serves all the local stations.

There are also a number of canals and waterways including the Grand Union Canal. Although previously these would have been a common means of transportation, they are now used mainly as popular holiday pastimes.

The area benefits from an airport located to the South East of Coventry. Coventry Airport - hailed as the fastest growing freight airport in the country in 2005 caters for commercial, corporate, business aviation or cargo needs. Whilst close by, the larger Birmingham Airport offers domestic passenger flights within the UK, and international flights to destinations in Europe, the Middle East, the Indian subcontinent, North America and the Caribbean.

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