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A38 improvement as resurfacing takes place


Next week work will take place on two parts of the A38 to improve the overall road surface to make it more durable, as part of the summer surface dressing programme across the county.

On 15th and 16th August, Longford to Coombe Hill, and Coombe Hill to Stonehills Roundabout will be worked on to provide a more durable and better quality for all road users.

While the work takes place, there will be a part time closure between 9.30am - 3.30pm, with go/stop signals in place for the rest of the time.

For anyone who needs to travel during the day time closure, diversion routes have also been put in place.

The county council appreciates that the diversions are long but legally must publicise an alternative route using equivalent A roads. People living locally, driving cars and small vans are welcome to use other alternative routes that they are aware of.

Road users are advised to allow extra time and plan their journeys in advance as traffic is likely to be heavier on local roads.

For the first part of the route, from Longford to Coombe Hill, at the Longford roundabout follow the Northern Bypass to Elmbridge Court roundabout, turn left along Golden Valley Bypass. Follow the A40 and turn left on to Princess Elizabeth Way. Follow Princess Elizabeth Way through Coranation Square and turn left on to A4019 and follow to Coombe Hill then left again.

For the second part of the surface dressing, Coombe Hill to Stonehills Roundabout, road users need to be aware of different routes for larger vehicles. From Stonehills roundabout follow Tewkesbury Road, turning right along Ashchurch Road and continue to the junction with A435. Turn right to follow the A435 to Cheltenham through Bishops Cleeve. Smaller vehicles can follow Cheltenham Northern Bypass towards M5 North and Coombe Hill. Larger Vehicles must follow the A40 signed Gloucester, turn right on to Princess Elizabeth Way and then go left on to A4019 to Coombe Hill.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flooding, said: "I am really pleased to announce that such an important road is having improvements done to it.

"The road is an essential link for Gloucester, Tewkesbury and surrounding communities, and I would like to thank all residents for their patience whilst we make these improvements."

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