A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill

Gloucestershire County Council is proposing improvements to the A38/A4019 Junction at Coombe Hill.

Scheme background

An upgrade to the junction between the A38 and A4019 at Coombe Hill was included as part of the package of improvements proposed for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, which successfully gained funding from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) in 2020.

The proposed A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill are currently estimated to cost around £5.8m.

The aims of the A38/A4019 junction improvements at Coombe Hill are to:

  • Improve the junction layout to improve the flow of traffic from the A38 to the A4019;
  • Upgrade the existing signalised junction to improve resilience of the local network on occasions when the M5 is closed;
  • Improve the pedestrian facilities which are very limited at the existing junction with only one uncontrolled crossing point currently provided; and
  • Introduce cycling provisions at the junction as none are currently provided.

To accelerate the project programme for the A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill, we have decided to progress this scheme separately through a different planning route to the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme. More information about the other proposed improvements included as part of the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme can be found here.

We will be seeking to obtain planning permission for the A38/A4019 junction improvements at Coombe Hill. It is likely that the planning application will be submitted at the end of 2021.

We remain committed to working with all affected landowners and the public, who had the opportunity to comment on our proposals for the A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill during the wider M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme options consultation in autumn 2020. Thank you to all who took part.

Having your say

Since the options consultation, we have been analysing all the comments and feedback that we received. A full report on the consultation which provides an in-depth summary of the feedback, and how this is supporting the technical work to develop and progress the A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill has now been published and can be found here.

A public share event was held on Thursday 7 October 2021 at St Catherine in The Leigh Church, Church Lane, The Leigh, Gloucester, GL19 4AF.  The latest design was available for inspection, with the project team on hand to answer any general or scheme design questions and receive suggestions for further design refinements. 

Please click here to see the preliminary design layout plan. A survey ran from 7 to 28 October 2021 to receive suggestions for any further design refinements. Thank you to those that provided their feedback. 

Next Steps

Below are the key milestones for the A38/A4109 junction improvements at Coombe Hill:

  • End 2021: Planning application submitted to Gloucestershire County Council
  • Early 2022: Opportunity for members of the public to comment on the planning application
  • Spring 2022: Planning application decision
  • Autumn 2022: Estimated start of construction (subject to planning permission being granted and conclusion of land acquisitions)
  • Summer/Autumn 2023: Estimated end of construction (subject to planning permission being granted and conclusion of land acquisitions)

Contacting us

All updates, including plans and timescales for scheme development, will be provided here or through our Twitter and Facebook accounts. You can also sign up for email alerts using the link on the right of this page.

You can email us at Coombehill@atkinsglobal.com or leave a voicemail on 020 7121 2220 and one of our team will contact you. 

Frequently Asked Questions

The Frequently Asked Questions are also available as a download on the right of this page.

The A38/A4019 junction improvements at Coombe Hill will include the following works:

  • Widening the existing road to provide more space for vehicles turning left from the A38 into the A4019 and turning right from the A4019 into the A38;
  • Constructing new larger traffic islands so that parallel signalised crossings for pedestrians and cyclists can be installed across the A38 north and A4019 arms of the junction and shared pedestrian/cyclist signalised crossings (i.e. toucan crossings) can be installed across the A38 south and The Wharf arms of the junction;
  • Widening the existing pavements to provide a shared path for pedestrians and cyclists along the west side of the A38 and the east side of the A38 south of the A4019;
  • Constructing a new segregated path where pedestrians and cyclists are separate along the north side of the A4019. This includes a traffic island on the A4019 to make space for a cycle crossing at the eastern end of the cyclist path;
  • Installing new traffic lights (signals, including controller), traffic counters to count the number of vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists, and street lights;
  • The diversion of existing utilities (e.g. power cables) affected by the scheme;
  • Improving the surface of the existing roads and resurfacing the existing pavements; and
  • Installing new road markings and traffic signs.

An upgrade to the A38/A4019 Junction at Coombe Hill was included as part of the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme package of improvements funded by Homes England. Gloucestershire County Council has decided to take this forward through a different planning route meaning that this scheme will still be funded by Homes England but progressed separately to the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme.

An upgrade to Arle Court Park and Ride was also included as part of the package of improvements funded by Homes England, however, Gloucestershire County Council has decided to also take this forward through a different planning route. More information about the Arle Court Transport Hub proposals can be found here gloucestershire.gov.uk/ACTH.

Improvements to the A38/A4019 Junction at Coombe Hill are required to improve the flow of traffic from the A38 to the A4019 and M5 Junction 10. This would also improve the resilience of the local network on occasions when the M5 is closed. New housing and employment sites are proposed for development close to Junction 10 of the M5. To unlock these proposed housing and job opportunities, we need to ensure that there is sufficient highway capacity to accommodate the increased motorised and non-motorised traffic it will generate. The planned housing and economic growth have been included by Cheltenham Borough, Tewkesbury Borough and Gloucester City Councils in the adopted Joint Core Strategy. More information can be found here.

An optioneering process was followed that sifted a long list of options down to one suitable option proposal. The optioneering process included assessment against the scheme objectives and high-level engineering and environmental feasibility work. The long list of options developed for the A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill were:


• Option 1: a traffic-light controlled junction, but with some lanes leading up to the junction on A4019 and A38 (south) removed and more pedestrian crossings installed;
• Option 2: as per Option 1, but left turns from the A38 (north) to the A4019 would be ‘give-way’. Both A38 arms would have pedestrian crossings installed; and
• Option 3: as per Option 2, but with traffic-light controlled left turns from the A38 (north) onto the A4019.


It was concluded that Options 1 and 2 should not be taken any further forward due to them having similar or less operational benefits and greater costs, land, and environmental impacts than Option 3. The Option 3 concept layout is currently being developed into a preliminary design and a plan showing this design will be published on this webpage in autumn 2021.

A new segregated footway/cycleway and unsegregated shared footway/cycleway will be provided as part of the A38/A4019 junction improvements at Coombe Hill. Toucan and parallel pedestrian/cyclist signalised crossings will also be provided.

An upgrade to the junction between the A38 and A4019 at Coombe Hill was included as part of the package of improvements proposed for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme, which successfully gained funding from Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) in 2020.

Gloucestershire County Council is the Highway Authority for Gloucestershire. Alongside day-to- day highway and maintenance work and smaller improvements schemes, Gloucestershire County Council also undertakes major projects on key parts of the road network. The A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill will be delivered by Gloucestershire County Council.

Homes England is the government’s housing agency. Gloucestershire County Council is working with Homes England to secure infrastructure funding. They have the appetite, influence, expertise, and resources to drive positive market change. By using their investment products to drive market change and releasing more land to developers who want to make a difference, they are making possible the new homes that England needs and helping to improve neighbourhoods and grow communities.

The Housing Infrastructure Fund is administered and monitored by Homes England. The programme is helping to deliver up to 300,000 new homes across England by providing local authorities with grant funding for new infrastructure, to unlock homes in areas of greatest housing demand. For more information about Homes England, see their website.

The successful funding bid announced by Homes England does not mean that the scheme will automatically go-ahead. The proposed improvements are still subject to planning permission.

To date, no CPOs have been made to acquire any land for this scheme. This is a lengthy, statutory process. What is right for GCC to do now for a project of this size, is to agree a resolution in principle that they can exercise these powers, if required, to deliver the scheme.

It always remains the case that, where any third-party land is required to deliver highway works, the council’s clear preference is a negotiated settlement route. Landowners that might be affected were offered meetings in the lead up to non-statutory options consultation (14 October to 25 November 2020). We will continue to work closely with these people throughout the scheme’s development.

In this case compensation would be assessed in accordance with Part 1 of the Land Compensation Act 1973. This provides the ability for those not directly impacted by the scheme to make a claim for compensation arising from the diminution in value of their property as a result of the physical effects of the scheme (including noise, vibration and fumes). Claims can be submitted from 1 year after the opening of the scheme and assessed in accordance with the compensation code.

For more information on this please see the information on the Government's website.

A non-statutory options consultation (14 October to 25 November 2020) was the first time that the public and other stakeholders were able to view and comment on our proposals as part of the wider M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme.

Feedback from this consultation will help to shape the scheme going forward, ensuring that our proposed improvements at Coombe Hill work for you and the local community.

We held a Public Share Event on Thursday 7 October 2021 and have an online survey
running from 7 to 28 October 2021, where you can make suggestions for further design
refinements.

You will also have an opportunity in early 2022 to comment on the planning application when it is submitted.

Since the options consultation, we have been analysing all the comments and feedback that we received. A full report on the consultation which provides an in-depth summary of the feedback, and how this is supporting the technical work to develop and progress the A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill has now been published and can be found here.

We held a Public Share Event on Thursday 7 October 2021 and have an online survey
running from 7 to 28 October 2021, where you can make suggestions for further design
refinements.
You will also have an opportunity in early 2022 to comment on the planning application when
it is submitted.
You can contact Coombehill@atkinsglobal.com at any time or leave a voicemail message on
020 7121 2220 and our team will call you back and do their best to assist you.

We are committed to creating a sustainable future. We jointly hosted a Climate Change Summit in May 2019 with the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership, and as a result, we will be updating our Climate Change Strategy for the county. For more information, and to view our previous Corporate Climate Change Strategy and Action Plan, visit this webpage.

As a local authority, it is our role to ensure that anyone who lives, works or travels through Gloucestershire is prepared for the impacts of climate change; that’s why it’s important that we invest in, maintain and improve Gloucestershire’s transport network, however, we recognise that this should not be at great expense to the local environment.

Our Local Transport Plan (LTP) is also in the process of being updated, and as part of this, we are considering decarbonising road and rail freight by 2050.

Geotechnical surveys will be carried out at the A38/A4019 junction from mid June 2021. These surveys will mainly be undertaken within the existing highway boundary and access to undertake these surveys will only be required from one landowner. No other surveys are currently planned.

Ecology/environmental surveys help us to understand what wildlife and habitats are present, and whether there are any protected species that need to be considered when developing designs.

The type of survey depends on the nature of your land, for example if it contains ponds or lakes, hedges or woodland or flowing water or rivers, surveys may include:


• Bats: A survey conducted on foot at dusk or dawn to record bat activity.
• Dormice: A survey involving the deployment of plastic/wood nest tubes in woodland hedgerow and scrub habitats, which are then checked at regular intervals for signs of dormice.
• Otter and Water Vole: A survey conducted on foot to search watercourses for signs of use by otter and water vole.
• Breeding and wintering birds: A survey conducted on foot to assess the presence of breeding and wintering birds.
• Reptiles: A survey involving the deployment of artificial refuges (usually small pieces of roofing material) in suitable grassland habitats, which are then checked to search for basking reptiles.
• Habitat suitability and eDNA: A survey conducted on foot to assess suitability of habitats for great crested newts and collect water samples from suitable waterbodies.
• Invertebrates: A walkover survey to assess habitat suitability for invertebrates.
• Hedgerows: A walkover survey to assess hedgerow habitats.
• Invasive plants: A walkover survey to search for invasive non-native species of plants.

Bat surveys are currently planned in Autumn 2021 and Spring 2022.

If we have contacted you about undertaking surveys on your land, someone from our survey coordination team will be in touch ahead of surveys taking place to provide you with more details about the survey specifics and to reconfirm your consent.

 

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