A417 missing linkRecently updated

Improving the connection between two dual carriageway sections of the A417 at Brockworth and Cowley.

Region:  South West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £250 to £500 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

Our consultation on the options for the A417 Missing Link improvement has now closed. Over 700 people attended the events we held during the 6-week consultation period, using the opportunity to share their feedback about the 2 proposed options, and talk to the project team about them. We’d like to thank everyone for their input to date; we will now consider all the responses very carefully before moving onto the next stage of scheme development.

What's next

We will spend the next few months analysing the responses from the public consultation, and combining this information with the results of our on-going surveys.

We'll also produce a consultation report which we'll publish when we make our preferred route announcement, currently planned for later this year.

After we announce our preferred route we'll hold another round of public consultation looking at the more detailed design of the route we're taking forward. This consultation will inform our application for a Development Consent Order (DCO).

A DCO is a special type of planning application, which is needed for a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Following the submission of the DCO application, the Planning Inspectorate will hold a public examination before making a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport who will decide whether or not the project should go ahead.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Scheme announced
15 February – 29 March 2018 Route options consultation
Late 2018 Preferred route announcement
TBC Start of works
TBC End of works

Why we need this scheme

The A417/A419 provides an important route between Gloucester and Swindon that helps connect the Midlands/North and South of England. It is an alternative to the M5/M4 route via Bristol. However, there is limited capacity with steep gradients, limited forward visibility and two roundabouts restricting traffic flow between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout.

Our scheme will also aim to enhance the A417 to support economic growth in Gloucestershire and the neighbouring areas.

The scheme’s vision: a landscape led highways improvement scheme.

We want to create a landscape led highways improvement scheme that will deliver a safe and resilient free flowing road while conserving and enhancing the special character of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; reconnecting landscape and ecology; bringing about landscape, wildlife and heritage benefits, including enhanced visitors’ enjoyment of the area; improving local communities’ quality of life; and contributing to the health of the economy and local businesses.

Aims

Objectives for the scheme:

  • transport and safety: To reduce delays, create a free-flowing road network and improve safety along this stretch of the A417
  • environment and heritage: To reduce the impact on the landscape, natural and historic environment of the Cotswolds and, where possible, enhance the surrounding environment
  • community and access: To reduce queuing traffic and pollution, improve access for local people to the strategic road network and support residents and visitors’ enjoyment to the countryside
  • economic growth: To help boost growth and prosperity by making journeys more reliable and improving connectivity

The scheme in detail

Over the last 18 months, we have been looking at a number of route options, including proposals which have been considered in the past. We have assessed them against our vision and objectives which were developed in partnership with stakeholders, such as the Cotswold Conservation Board and Gloucestershire County Council.

Once we had refined these options, we presented 2 surface options at public consultation. You can view the consultation materials on our consultation page.

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Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J9 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 April 2018 to 25 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 5:02 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J11 and J9 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 23 April 2018 to 25 April 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: April 21, 2018, 5:01 am

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