Improving the traffic flow on Llanthony Road
Gloucestershire County Council takes one more step closer to improving traffic flow through Gloucester with a £7.45m scheme to widen Llanthony Road.
Improvements to part of the Gloucester South West Bypass, also known as the A430 Llanthony Road scheme, aim to widen the carriageway to two lanes at a well-known pinch point, helping to improve the traffic flow on a major route through the city. The scheme is partly funded by the Gloucestershire Growth Deal, where £2m of funding has been invested by GFirst LEP.
The latest project update comes before the county council’s cabinet meets on Wednesday 30 January to consider allowing the project leads to apply for compulsory purchase orders. The orders would only be required if ongoing negotiations with affected landowners alongside Llanthony Road delay the scheme significantly.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said, “This scheme is vital to help keep Gloucestershire moving and support economic growth in the county. The Llanthony Road section of the Gloucester South West Bypass creates a bottleneck for traffic, frustrating commuters, residents, visitors and businesses alike and I’m delighted that we are getting closer to making the necessary improvements.
“The planned widening, along with the other improvements, will reduce congestion and journey times, but to do this we need to secure the necessary land to make it possible. Negotiations with landowners are going well, and we will always try to work with landowners to get a positive outcome. We are hopeful that all landowners will continue to work with us, but if required, the council does have the powers to compulsorily acquire the land necessary.”
The Gloucester South West Bypass is an important link from the city centre to the M5 motorway, and the Llanthony section is the only section still waiting to be improved.
The proposed scheme will see the section between Llanthony Road and St Anne Way widened and the traffic lights refurbished to make traffic flow better. The side road junctions will also be improved and there will also be improvements to pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists.
A decision on proposed planning permission is expected later this month, February 2019.
Other planned dates:
- Planning decision expected February 2019
- Land acquisition negotiations are due to be completed in 2019
- Site preparation and demolition of any buildings is estimated to be June 2020.
- The main scheme road works will start in 2020/21.