M5 Junction 10 improvements – there’s still time to have your say
A consultation on Gloucestershire County Council’s plans to change M5 Junction 10 so that road users can join and leave the M5 in all directions runs until 25 November.
Currently, M5 Junction 10 only has limited on and off movements because the slip roads only face to the north. This puts extra pressure on already congested local roads and particularly on Junction 11, which provides access to and from Cheltenham on the A40.
Following a bid to Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) in March 2019, the county council has now successfully secured £249 million for the proposed scheme.
The M5 is managed by Highways England and so they are working closely with the county council to develop the proposals for the motorway junction and support the project as it moves forward.
As well as proposals to improve Junction 10, the county council also wants to hear views on its plans for a new road linking Junction 10 to west Cheltenham, an upgraded A38/A4019 junction at Coombe Hill and widening of the A4019 east of the new link road towards Cheltenham. The feedback provided as part of this consultation will help to shape the scheme as design options are taken forward.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for environment and planning said: “This project is vital for our county to unlock land for housing and jobs and reduce congestion on local roads in Cheltenham helping to improve air quality in the town.
“If you’ve already responded to the consultation I’d like to say thank you. If you haven’t then there’s still time so please get involved and have your say.”
Highways England Project Manager James Lewis said: “M5 Junction 10 provides a vital link for communities and businesses, and we are working closely with Gloucestershire County Council and Homes England, helping to deliver what will be a major upgrade of the junction.
“The improvement scheme will increase capacity, improve safety and journey times, and unlock the potential for new jobs and homes, and we will continue to provide assistance and support to Gloucestershire County Council as plans move forward.”
To have your say please complete the survey on the county council’s website at www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/J10 where there is also lots of information about the options being considered. You can also e-mail M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.com or call 01452 42 62 62 (8:30am to 4:30pm Monday to Friday) to find out more and to request a consultation pack by post. The consultation closes on 25 November.