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Gear up for improvements to A430 Llanthony Road


In a continued drive to keep Gloucestershire moving, the county council is planning to upgrade a key section of the A430 Gloucester South West Bypass.

Currently a single carriageway, the Llanthony Road section is used by an average of 24894 vehicles per day and would be the final stretch of the bypass to be upgraded under the county council's programme of improvements.

During rush hour a bottleneck often forms between Llanthony Road and St Ann's way. The proposed scheme would give through traffic a smoother ride with the addition of an extra lane and upgraded traffic lights, local residents and businesses would also benefit from junction improvements. Upgrades to pedestrian crossings and widening of pedestrian and cycle paths are also planned.

Gfirst LEP has allocated £2million of central government money for buying land necessary to widen this section of road, as well as demolishing existing buildings and rerouting electric, gas and water mains. However to secure this funding, the county council must submit a bid to Gfirst LEP. A condition of the money being awarded is that the Llanthony Road scheme has to be complete by 2021.

To help meet this deadline the county council is proposing to start the land buying process immediately. Cabinet members will discuss whether to agree to this at a meeting on 1st February.

The Llanthony Road scheme is part of Gloucestershire county council's continued drive to improve local roads. Other major schemes include the £3.16million revamp of Walls and C&G roundabouts; a £7million upgrade of Elmbridge Court and proposed £2.36million widening of the A40/A417 Over roundabout. The latter will also be discussed by the Cabinet on 1st February.

Jason Smith, chief executive office of Marketing Gloucester, said: "We welcome any improvements to our road system that improve journey times and positively supports growing the tourism industry, providing better access to shops and attractions."

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: "The C&G and Walls roundabouts and the Elmbridge Transport schemes show we have a good track record for tackling congestion and supporting economic development in Gloucestershire.

"Currently the A430 Llanthony Road section of the Gloucester South West Bypass creates a bottleneck for traffic which this key scheme will tackle. This proposal to improve the final section of Gloucester South West Bypass is a positive step towards a faster-moving future for the county."

Cllr Pam Tracey, county councillor for Westgate said: "This scheme would bring a fantastic benefit to local residents by offering ease of access, reduced air and noise pollution and is set to boost employment by improving links to businesses.

"This is another example of the brilliant work the county council is doing to improve quality of life and build a bright future for generations to come."

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