Major improvements for Metz Way take a step forward

Published
16.11.2016

Gloucestershire County Council's cabinet has today agreed to tender for a contractor to carry out this crucial investment work.

The work, set to begin in spring next year, will help traffic flow along the length of the A4302 at Metz Way and Abbeymead Avenue in Gloucester.

Overall the scheme is set to improve the link between Coopers Edge and the city centre, improve local junctions on the route and create better opportunities for people to ditch their cars and walk, cycle or use public transport instead.

The work will include an upgrade of the existing pedestrian crossings and better cycle facilities. The new LED traffic signals will have the latest technology. They will be able to detect the length of traffic queues and prioritise the junctions with the highest levels of traffic.

The changes are expected to keep traffic flowing smoothly and improve bus journey times.

The improvements also aim to help future traffic from the Coopers Edge Development where 1400 homes are currently under construction at the south eastern edge of Gloucester.

Abbeymead Avenue and Metz Way are part of the most direct route into the city centre for many residents living in Abbeymead, Abbeydale and Coney Hill.

Compared with the rest of Gloucestershire, part of Abbeymead is in the top five per cent for commuting by car, with over 64 per cent of residents using their car to commute to work. This is contributing towards the high traffic levels, so it is important to make it easier for people to use alternatives.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire planning and infrastructure said, "These are major improvement plans and thanks to todays decision we can now move forward and tender for a contractor.

"Our improvements along this route will help reduce journey times, improve bus services and encourage more people to cycle or use public transport in future."

In October this year the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership's Board awarded funding of £0.5m for the work. A further £1.1m from developer contributions to the county council will be added, to meet the total cost of the scheme, which is expected to be £1.6m.

The improvement work is expected to begin in summer 2017.

For more information and to see the full business case visit: http://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/metzway

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