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Major road improvement scheme continues along A46


With the A4173 improvement scheme in its final stages, #yourhighways crews are gearing up to deliver more essential resurfacing and safety works along the A46 between Stroud and Pitchcombe.

As part of Gloucestershire County Council’s £150 million investment into the county’s highways, the A46 (Stroud to Pitchcombe) is being resurfaced overnight from Wednesday 23rd May to improve safety and road conditions.

The A46 has been identified by the Department for Transport (DfT) as a major road that would benefit from investment towards improving safety and road conditions. The council has listened to the DfT, local residents, businesses and partners and will be making major improvements to the route.

Work will take place from Wednesday 23rd May to Monday 11th June with a road closure will be in place each night from 7pm to 7am (excluding Saturday and Sunday nights).

Since January, extensive drainage repairs, vegetation clearance and safety improvements have already been carried out as part of a package of improvements for this road.

Overall, the scheme will see 19,976m² of the road resurfaced with 2,538 tonnes of hard-wearing asphalt with high skid resistance. Crews will also make improvements to signage and road lining.

The junction of the A46 and A4173 will not be resurfaced as part of the scheme, as this will be done later in the year as part of a junction improvement scheme.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways and flood, said: “I’m pleased to announce that our major works along the A4173 will soon be completed and we’ll now be focussing on improving the route along the A46 north of Stroud. I would like to reassure residents that by delivering these works at night we will keep disruption to a minimum and reduce potential delays.”

Cllr Eva Ward, county councillor for Stroud Central, said: “This is an important route and the resurfacing will have a significant benefit to the local community here in Stroud. I’ve had many complaints about this stretch of road from local residents, so it’s fantastic that these safety works are now being delivered. I look forward to the work being completed and seeing the positive impact for local residents and commuters.”

Cllr Keith Stuart Rippington, county councillor for Bisley and Painswick, said: “I’m very happy with the improvement works that have been delivered along the A4173 and its great news that the A46 will now receive the same attention.

“This is an important route connecting many communities in Stroud, Gloucester and Painswick and the resurfacing will have a significant benefit to local residents, businesses and commuters.”

Letters have been sent to residents along the route with details about local access arrangements. Advance warning signs are on display and a diversion will be fully signed when work starts. 

Extended road closures will be in place to manage through traffic and crews will do their utmost to maintain access for these areas. No through traffic will be permitted via the A46 works area except in emergencies.

What’s the diversion route?

From Stroud, head west on the A417 then north on the A38 to Tuffley (where drivers can access the A4173), then continue via Eastern Avenue and Corinium Avenue on to the A417 heading east to Brockworth, turn left to re-join the A46 towards Painswick. Diversion is the same in reverse.

All scheme information and updates on its progress can be found online on our website:

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