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Have your say: Driving forward to keep Gloucestershire moving


The drive to keep Gloucestershire moving is continuing and residents and businesses are being invited to see plans to upgrade a key section of the A430 Gloucester South West Bypass.

Two events will take place for local people and businesses to come along and ask questions and give feedback on proposed plans for the work. The first event will take place on Wednesday 5th July from 10am – 4pm at Sainsbury’s car park, off St Ann Way, GL2 5SA. The second will take place on Tuesday 11th July 2017 from 4pm – 7pm at the Gordon League Rugby Club, Hempsted Lane, Gloucester GL2 5JN.

Currently a single carriageway, the Llanthony Road section is used by an average of 24,894 vehicles per day and would be the final stretch of the bypass to be upgraded under the county council’s programme of improvements.

Gfirst LEP has allocated £2million of central government money to widen this section of road as part of £4.9 million upgrade. However to secure this funding, the county council must submit a bid to Gfirst LEP.

The scheme includes:

  • Widening the road and adding additional lanes in both directions, converting the road from single carriageway to a dual carriageway.
  • Separate right turning lanes for motorists turning into Sudmeadow Road, Hemmingsdale Road & Llanthony Road Business Park.
  • New traffic signals at Sudmeadow Road with pedestrian crossing facilities.
  • Increasing the width of the footways for pedestrians on both sides of Llanthony Road.

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.

“I would urge businesses and residents to come along to an event and let us know what they think.”

David Owen, chief executive of GFirst LEP, said: “Within the LEP we recognize that investment in our transport network is an essential element for economic growth. This proposed investment will complete the Gloucester South West Bypass, providing a faster link between the south of Gloucester and the A40 west and Forest of Dean. It will also improve access for development sites in the area, including the long awaited re-development of Gloucester City Football Stadium and enhance facilities for pedestrians. This investment very much compliments the other LEP investments in the area, particularly the Blackfriars and Quayside scheme and the A40/Over Roundabout improvements that will start in early 2018.”  

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