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A417 improvement scheme shifts up a gear


Gloucestershire’s drivers will be asked for their opinions to help find the ‘missing link’ in the new year.

In line with the projects time frame, the next step of the A417 ‘missing link’ project has just been approved. In early 2018 Highways England will ask road users for their opinions on the route options.

The missing link is a 5km stretch of single carriageway on the A417 trunk road, with the remaining route between the M4 at Swindon and M5 at Gloucester being dual carriageway.

The route is a key link between the West Midlands and London and is used by more than 34,000 vehicles a day. It also has one of the worst average vehicle delays of all routes in the region.

Finding a solution is a priority for the county council, with nearly 7,000 people and businesses pledging their support for the scheme, which is being delivered by Highways England.

Cllr Lynden Stowe, cabinet member for economic development said: “The county council has been pushing for decades to sort out the A417 missing link, and I know road users will be as pleased as I am that progress is moving forwards. As always, residents’ opinions are the driving factor behind what we do, so it is excellent news that Highways England will be consulting with road users in the new year.”

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