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A40 Dowdeswell resurfacing ‘double act’


As part of its £150 million investment in to the county’s highways, Gloucestershire County Council is resurfacing two areas at once on the A40 near Dowdeswell in Cheltenham; meaning less disruption for residents in the long run.

Two sections of the A40 will be resurfaced under the same over night road closure between 24 August and 18 September. One section will be alongside Dowdeswell Reservoir. The other section will be from the junction with Cheltenham Road to just past the junction with Gloucester Road in Andoversford.

The entire stretch of road will be closed to traffic between 7pm and 7am including the road between the two sections. The road will stay open on Saturday and Sunday nights and on bank holiday Monday.

This stretch of the A40 is very busy, and considered the main route out of Cheltenham towards the Cotswolds, with commuters regularly using the road to travel to Oxford and London. The road surface in two places has reached the end of its life expectancy and needs attention. Both stretches combined, which totals 16,500m2 of road, will be resurfaced with 1942 tonnes of material. 

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways, said, “Even though we are investing £150 million in to the counties highways we need to spend it wisely. Closing a longer stretch of road to tackle two areas at once means we are using the machinery as efficiently as possible. It also means we won’t be closing the road twice, meaning less disruption in the long run. Thank you for your patience during these works.”

Cllr Paul Hodgkinson, local member for Bourton on the Water and Northleach, said, “I’ve been pushing for various ‘A’ roads in the area to be resurfaced so it’s good news to see this stretch of highway is being sorted out. I’m glad to see a pragmatic approach to fixing it too, and I would encourage everyone to plan their journeys around this closure.”

Road closure map:

What’s the diversion route (suitable for heavies)?

Cheltenham Diversion

From the eastern extent of the closure on the A40 follow the diversion to the junction with the A436 at Shipton Oliffe. Take the A436 and continue along the road to the Seven Springs roundabout. At the roundabout take the second exit onto the A435 (Cirencester Road) and head towards Cheltenham direction. Continue along the road and at the junction with Sanford Mill Road turn left and stay in the right lane. At the roundabout with the Old Bath Road take the second exit and continue along Old Bath Road to the junction with the A40, then turn right. Follow the road to the closure point. 

From the western extent of the closure on the A40 follow the diversion to the junction with the A435 (Cirencester Road). At the traffic lights take sharp left and continue along the A435 to the Seven Springs roundabout. At the roundabout take the first exit and follow the A436 to the junction with the A40 at Shipton Ollife, then turn left and follow the A40 to the closure point.

Diversion map:


Bourton Diversion

Form the eastern extent of the closure continue along the A40 to the roundabout with the A429. At the roundabout take the third exit and continue along the A429 in the direction to Bourton on the Water. At Bourton on the Water, at the junction with the A436 (Old Gloucester Rd), turn left and follow the A436 all the way to the closure point. The diversion is the same in reverse.



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