Stonehouse A419 Improvements

The A419 corridor is located to the south of the county, and links Stroud to the M5 (Junction 13). The A419 is a route of local importance connecting the Stroud Valley with the wider strategic road network, in particular to the M5 which provides connections for freight and other traffic to Bristol, Gloucester, Cheltenham and the remainder of the UK. The land adjacent to the scheme and the immediate surroundings consists of open farm land, residential developments and business parks.

This new proposal seeks to improve the A419 corridor which links Stroud and Stonehouse to the M5 junction 13 and also to ‘future proof’ the junction, given the strategic importance of the link and current traffic flows.  The overall aim of the proposed scheme is to reduce queues and delays on the A419 improving vehicle journey times and addressing journey reliability problems. The scheme will therefore support planned growth (including on land near to the corridor), improve access to jobs, and support the efficient movement of goods.

The key objectives of this project are:-

  • To reduce peak period congestion on the A419;
  • To support strategic housing and employment growth sites at Stonehouse and Stroud;
  • To increase capacity, optimise the efficiency of the corridor and reduce delays for general traffic, HGV’s and buses, whilst also improving provision for pedestrians and cyclists;
  • To support planned growth (including on land near to the corridor), improve access to jobs and support the efficient movement of goods.

Existing access to businesses will remain, and the scheme will maintain or improve all existing footpaths and cycle paths. Additional cycle infrastructure will be added at Chipmans Platt and Horsetrough roundabouts in addition to a new shared use off carriageway cycle facility between Horsetrough roundabout and Downton road signals. Improvements to the National Cycle Route running through this area will be considered during detailed design.

During the design phase, consideration will be given to accesses in the area between Horsetrough Roundabout and Downton Road signals where the westbound carriageway is increasing from one to two lanes. The scheme is expected to improve access and reduce severance for pedestrians as an indirect consequence of the corridor improvement.

 A full review, together with assessing the impact through traffic modelling will be undertaken to establish the most appropriate scheme for the corridor, and the preferred arrangement will be taken forward to detailed design and construction.

The £4.36 million funding for the work is from the Gloucestershire Growth Deal and was included in the £62.5 million package allocated in July 2014.

The council are currently preparing the business case for the scheme to go to the GFirst LEP Board in August 2017. If approved, our intention is to continue with the design throughout 2017 with the aim of beginning construction in 2018.

 

 

Proposed improvements

The current preliminary design of the scheme comprises of a package of junction improvements and carriageway widening along the A419, with the key locations and proposed improvements identified as follows:

 

Location Description of the Improvements
Chipmans Platt Roundabout
  • Widening of the A419 eastbound and westbound entries and exits from one lane to two lanes
  • Improvements to National Cycle Route through the installation of off carriageway shared use cycle way from Spring Hill Road to Grove Lane
  • Improvements to street lighting, signing and lining
Oldends Lane Roundabout
  • Widening of Oldends Lane approach to roundabout from one lane to two lanes
  • Installation of new pedestrian / cycle toucan crossing of the A419
  • Slight modifications to island geometry and improved signing and lining
Downton Road Signals
  • Upgrade of traffic signals
  • Widening of A419 westbound exit to two lanes to improve capacity through the junction
  • Changes to pedestrian crossing to include straight toucan crossing for the national cycle route
Stretch of carriageway between Horsetrough Roundabout and Downton Road Signals
  • Widening of the westbound carriageway from one to two lane between Horsetrough roundabout and Downton Road signals
Horsetrough Roundabout
  • Creation of a segregated left turn lane from A419 northbound entry (Ebley bypass) to the A419 westbound exit (Bristol Road)
  • Widening of the A419 eastbound to extend the two lane approach to the roundabout
  • Off carriageway cycle route around roundabout perimeter

 

Full Business Case; A419 Improvement Scheme

Gloucestershire County Council has now submitted the Full Business Case (FBC) to the Local Enterprise Partnership (GFirst LEP) Board. The FBC documents can be viewed by opening the drop-down box below.

 

 

Two public share events, manned by the scheme designers and engineers will take place on the following;

Tuesday 20th 2pm-7:30pm June Stonehouse Town Council Offices

Thursday 22nd June 2pm-7:30pm  Stonehouse Town Council Offices

Large scale plans and graphics together with scheme introduction and background will be on display (and are also available to view on the right hand side of this web page).  Attendees will be offered a personal tour of information available and have the opportunity to discuss issues, concerns, and improvements. 

 If you have any questions about this scheme then please contact us by e-mailing: majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

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