We are working to develop route options to improve the A417 Missing Link and deliver a solution that will transform journey reliability, increase safety and unlock the economic potential for business and people in the area while respecting the special character of the Cotswolds landscape. This includes examining the area and testing a range of options. The complex nature of the site means that there are many different things to consider, such as landscape, ecology and cultural heritage.
We are now conducting a final review of the route options to ensure we present the best solutions which are value for money before we can launch our public consultation early next year. As part of our consultation we will invite the local community, landholders, businesses, road users and key stakeholders to provide feedback on the route options presented.
|December 2014||Scheme announced|
|Early 2018||Have your say|
|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 as 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 will:
- reduce congestion
- improve journey times
- make our network safer for our customers
- provide accessible and well connected roads
- support jobs and economic growth at a local and national level
- work hard to avoid adverse impacts on the surrounding environment and landscape
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