Highways England launches consultation on A417 upgrade in Gloucestershire


Highways England has launched a consultation on plans to upgrade the A417 near Birdlip in Gloucestershire on the South West route.

The stretch of single carriageway road between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout, known locally as the ‘missing link’ at Air Balloon roundabout, restricts the flow of traffic on the route, which is otherwise a continuous dual carriageway between the M5 at Gloucester and the M4 at Swindon.

Upgrading this section to dual carriageway is expected to unlock Gloucestershire’s potential for growth and secure opportunities for housing and jobs, as well as improve life in the adjoining local communities.

Two options are being presented after an in-depth consideration of potential routes to upgrade the three-mile stretch of the A417.

As the A417/A419 route passes through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, any solution will be designed to meet the special character of the landscape, environment and history.

Highways England will deliver the upgrade, which is being made possible by the government’s £15bn investment in motorways and major A roads.

The consultation will close on 29 March 2018.

Project manager Mike Goddard said: “This is your opportunity to get involved in developing the right solution for this well-known Gloucestershire traffic hotspot.

“We urge everyone to tell us what they think of the two proposals so we can deliver a scheme that will support growth and prosperity.

“Improving this missing link will be a benefit to local residents, users of this important route, and those accessing the walking routes of the Cotswold Way and the Gloucestershire Way.

“Reducing unpredictable delays will encourage motorists to stay on the A417 with reduced journey times, leaving local roads less congested.

“We have worked with local partners to offer a safer route while recognising this very special area.

“We are keen to hear from drivers, businesses, local residents and other road users, and we invite them all to visit us at one of our exhibitions, or respond to the information available online or at one of our local information points.”

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