A435 Junction Improvement Scheme, Bishops Cleeve

Gloucestershire County Council will shortly start the first phase of improvement works on the A435 at Bishops Cleeve. The long term vision is to provide improved cycle facilities running between Bishops Cleeve and the Cheltenham racecourse roundabout. In order to do that, some junctions on the route need upgrading first. 

Works starting in January 2022 will focus on improving capacity on the approaches to the Hyde Lane/Southam Lane junction with the A435. This new layout will provide a crossing facility for pedestrians and priority to cyclists at the traffic lights. 

We will be writing to residents with more details about the work and any significant road closures.


Planned Road Closures 2022

We understand that these works may cause you disruption and we thank you for your patience and understanding. Our aim, as always, is to complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.


4 January - 25 February: Southam Lane

Closure of Southam Lane between its junctions with the A435 and the Rugby Club car park access.

Please see Southam Lane Closure Plan for full details of closure and diversion routes.




Why are we doing this work?

The A435 corridor between Bishops Cleeve and Cheltenham suffers from peak time congestion at the Hyde Lane/Southam Lane signal controlled junction. The need for improvements is documented in the Local Plan and Connecting Places Strategy for the Central Severn Vale. This project has been developed to improve capacity at this location and to carry out essential infrastructure improvements for the proposed A435 Bishops Cleeve to Cheltenham cycleway project.


What exactly is happening here?

Key aspects of the work include the following: -

  • Widening of the A435 to provide additional stacking lengths with two ahead movement lanes for southbound traffic approaching the junction.
  • Widening of the A435 southbound from the junction to provide additional carriageway merge length for the two lanes coming from the north.
  • Widening of Southam Lane approaching the A435 junction to provide additional stacking distances


In addition the following works will also be required to facilitate the proposed cycleway project:

  • Construction of a new section of footway from the A435 into Southam Lane and linking into the rugby sports grounds.
  • Traffic signals upgrade – including rearrangement of the splitter islands, new ducting, kerbing and signal controller apparatus. This is fundamental for the future key crossing of the proposed cycleway/pedestrian route on Southam Lane.
  • Advance cycle stop lines on Hyde Lane and Southam Lane approaches to the junction
  • Relocation of utility apparatus on Southam Lane
  • Relocation of street furniture that would otherwise provide obstruction to movement
  • Removal of unnecessary street furniture
  • Upgraded and relocated signage
  • Upgraded street lighting


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