Contractor for A38 Cross Keys roundabout confirmed, and this is when you can meet them
Gloucestershire County Council has awarded Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd the contract to improve the A38 Cross Keys roundabout, and they will be available to discuss the scheme at two drop in events nearby early next month.
The A38 Cross Keys roundabout connects south Gloucester with Junction 12 of the M5 and Stonehouse. Construction to improve the busy junction will start on Monday 13 May.
The proposed improvements include extra lanes on the approaches to the junction and an extra lane around the whole roundabout (circulatory). This means more vehicles can get through the Cross Keys roundabout, reducing traffic jams and journey times as a result. It’s not all about motorists as the works will provide a new shared path for pedestrians and cyclists. Street lighting at the junction will be improved and ducting for traffic signals will be installed to allow for the future upgrade of the roundabout once the nearby Huntsgrove development is complete.
Crews from Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd will be working off peak to minimise disruption to residents, businesses and commuters. Off peak working hours are Monday to Friday between 9.30am and 3.30pm, along with evening and overnight working patterns as needed.
Engineers from ‘Griffiths’ and representatives from the council’s highways team will be attending the two meet the contractor events so local residents, businesses and regular commuters can find out more about the project.
Meet the contractor event details:
- Wednesday 1 May 2019,
Hardwicke Village Hall, 3pm - 7pm
- Thursday 2 May 2019
Summerhouse Equestrian Centre, 3pm - 7pm
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning said, “The Cross Keys roundabout is a crucial gateway to the city of Gloucester, it is one of our busiest junctions, and in need of improvement. Thanks to funding from the Department of Transport we are able to make progress on keeping this part of the county moving.
“I encourage anyone who lives nearby or uses this road on their commute to go to the drop in events and find out what the scheme is about.”
Cllr Stephen Davies, local member for Hardwicke and Severn, said, “I’m sure everyone who has used this roundabout during rush hour will agree something needs to be done to reduce congestion here. I’m pleased the improvements will upgrade the footpaths and cycle paths around the junction too.”
The scheme is funded by government investment, which was announced in October 2017 by the Department for Transport, and will be provided through the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF). The NPIF award will go a long way towards funding the scheme that, in total, is expected to cost £3.851m. The remaining money will be made up from section 106 funding, developer contributions and the county’s highways budget.
You can keep up to date with the Cross Keys scheme on our website here