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Get Over congestion woes: A40 roundabout upgrade planned


Improvements to the Over roundabout in Gloucester are being planned by the county council in a drive to reduce journey times, improve health and increase employment.

The roundabout will be widened to include a third lane, with additional lanes also added to the A417 and A40 approaches. If given the green light at a cabinet meeting on 1st February the next step will be to find a contractor.

The plans follow on from a previous upgrade of the roundabout by Highways England in 2015 and is part of the county council's plan to support economic growth in Gloucestershire by improving the road network.

The area is a key congestion hotspot and the proposals will make life easier for motorists travelling along the A40 westbound from Longford, and A417 southbound from Maisemore.

If approved, work will start in January 2018 and end during the summer, providing the most direct route and quickest route for all users.

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said: "The county council is working to drive down journey times wherever we can: improvements at the Walls and C&G roundabouts have already brought better journey times in the area, with further work currently taking place at Elmbridge Court.

"By making life easier and safer for motorists, the county council aims to attract business and reduce air and noise pollution. This will in turn future proof our economy and improve quality of life for residents."

The initial estimate for the scheme cost is £2.35M. If approved, the majority of scheme will be funded by GFirst LEP, with £120K coming from S106 developer contributions.

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