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Improvements continue on the A48 as Newnham gets set for resurfacing


Gloucestershire County Council is asking drivers to plan ahead when the A48 is resurfaced at Newnham-on-Severn between 29th June and 7th July.

The A48 is an important road for thousands of commuters and businesses, but following years of heavy use the surface is in need of repair. 

More that 800 tonnes of new material will be laid in Newnham 200m north of Unlawater Lane for a distance of 500m, as the county council continues its improvements in the area.

To carry out the work safely it will be necessary to close the road to traffic between 9.30am and 3.30pm each week day.

A signed diversion will in place via Elton Corner, Littledean, Speech House, Parkend and Lydney, however local traffic may know of shorter routes.

The road will be open at all other times so traffic will not be affected during the morning rush hour, in the evenings, at night times or at weekends.

School buses will not be affected by the closure.

Access will be maintained for emergency vehicles at all times.

Local businesses will be open as usual and pedestrian access will be possible.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "Our resurfacing repairs on the A48 will greatly improve this major route through the county. Our working times will avoid the rush hour queues but we're still asking drivers to plan their journeys well in advance.

"I'd like to thank drivers and the residents in Newnham for their patience. We'll do all we can to keep disruption to a minimum."

The work is scheduled to finish on Thursday 7th July and once complete, the new surface is expected to last for more than 20 years.

The county council's highway crews work around the clock every day of the year to keep Gloucestershire safe and moving. Anyone on Twitter can follow @GlosRoads to find out what is being worked on at the moment and look out for the hashtag #highways365 for the latest updates.

For enquires please call 08000 514514.

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