A38 Canal Bridges

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About the scheme

The scheme will deliver the construction of the canal through the A38 Whitminster Roundabout. It includes the construction of two new bridges, a canal channel within the roundabout and a towpath under the bridge.

It is being delivered by GCC as the highways authority through our contractors, Alun Griffiths, working closely with our partners Cotswold Canals Trust, Highways England and Stroud District Council.

The canal at this location was originally crossed by the Bristol Road (now A38) on a stone arched bridge. The lock and the bridge were both destroyed at the time the A419 link road was built in conjunction with the building of the M5 in or around 1969. The entire canal from the point where the surviving canal approaches the A38 Whitminster roundabout to Westfield Lock was obliterated – a distance of about a mile, the so called ‘missing mile’.

Under their Environmental Designated Fund, Highways England agreed to pay Cotswold Canals Trust a grant of £4milion towards restoring the ‘missing mile’.

It will attract more visitors to the area, improve wildlife habitats and provide a new walking and cycling route.

The current programme

Construction start – December 2019

Construction end – end of November 2020

Road closure information

Information on upcoming road closures and traffic management for the project will be posted here.


If you have any questions about this scheme please contact us by e-mailing

majorprojects@gloucestershire.gov.uk 

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