Gloucester South West Bypass (GSWB) - Llanthony Road Widening
The Llanthony Road section of the Gloucester South West Bypass (GSWB) is the only section of the A430 GSWB which has yet to be improved.
The road is single carriageway which creates a bottleneck between Llanthony Road and St Anne Way.
What is the proposed scheme?
The proposed scheme would see the widening of this stretch of the road, optimisation and refurbishment of traffic signals to maximise traffic flows, and improvements to the side road junctions to improve access for local residents and businesses.
Proposals also include improvement to pedestrian crossings as well as the widening of pedestrian and cycle facilities to link with those already in place at either end of this section of road.
The County Council will need to acquire land to enable the widening to take place.
The scheme is included in the adopted Local Transport Plan (LTP) as a short term capital project delivery priority (2015 to 2021).
See Policy Document 4: Highways - Page 39.
Central government has confirmed through the Gloucestershire GFirst LEP Growth Deal an allocation of £2 million to upgrade the Gloucester South West bypass (GSWB). This funding is currently scheduled to be made available to GCC in financial year 2018/2019.
- LTP Overarching Strategy
- Policy Document 4 - Highways
- Poster: Public Share Events
- Letter to Residents - Re: Gloucester South West Bypass (Llanthony Road) Improvement Scheme
Frequently Asked Questions
Why are these improvements necessary?
The Llanthony Road section of the A430 Gloucester South West Bypass (GSWB) is the only section of the bypass yet to be improved. The road is a single carriageway which creates a bottleneck between Castlemeads Bridge and St Anne Way. The scheme should relieve the traffic congestion that often builds up at peak periods which affects the journeys of motorists using this strategic route and the businesses operating in the area.
What are you planning to do to the GSWB (Llanthony Road)?
To reduce congestion we are proposing to widen the road and add extra lanes in both directions, converting the road from single to dual carriageway. To ease turning into the side roads we will be installing separate right turning lanes into Sudmeadow Road, Hemmingsdale Road and Llanthony Road Business Park. We will also be installing traffic signals with pedestrian crossing facilities, at the Sudmeadow Road junction. Other improvements include widening the footways on both sides of Llanthony Road.
When will work start and when will it be finished by?
The first stage of the works, which includes land clearance, is programmed to start in Summer 2021 (dependent upon progress with land purchase) which paves the way for the main highway works scheme being able to start in Autumn 2021 and the whole scheme to be complete and open to the public by late 2022.
What is the total cost of the scheme?
The estimated cost of the scheme is £10,000,000.
Who's paying for the scheme, where's the funding coming from?
The funding for the scheme is coming from two main sources. The GFirst LEP Growth Deal will be contributing £2 million and Gloucestershire County Council will be contributing £7.875 million (this includes a £125,000 section 106 contribution from the Hunt's Grove developer).
Who are GFirst LEP?
Set up by central Government in 2011 to work with local businesses, local voluntary organisations and local authorities, the role of GFirst LEP (Gloucestershire First Local Enterprise Partnership) is to drive sustainable economic growth in the county, and by doing so, create jobs and business opportunities. Run by a voluntary board of senior executives and elected representatives from business and local authorities and a small full-time staff of 18 people. GFirst LEP is based in the Growth Hub at the University of Gloucestershire. The LEP also supports a number of business sector groups that provide opportunities for business to “talk to government” directly.
Why can't these funds be spent on routine maintenance, such as filling potholes?
The funds are for “Transformative Projects” to drive economic growth and development within the county. It will help facilitate improvements to transport infrastructure, skills and education infrastructure, business growth and remediation work to land so that it can be used for housing and business use.
These works are going to disrupt my journey, what are you going to do about this?
Whilst it is too early to confirm the exact arrangements required to manage traffic during the works, we will be maintaining access for businesses and residents and will be working hard to minimise disruption to the travelling public.
How will you avoid creating excessive noise/pollution/dust and mud during construction?
As part of the tender process, for construction of the scheme, we will set out requirements for methods of working. This will set out the approach to minimising and mitigation of the impacts of noise/pollution etc. during the construction period.
Have you considered where the diversion routes around the site will be?
It is unlikely that any movements through the sites will be severely restricted or full road closures needed, except for possibly very short periods to be able to safely undertake carriageway resurfacing. We currently envisage that diversion routes will not be imposed. However, to aid motorists to avoid the site during the works, alternative routes around the site will be sign posted well in advance of the site.
Does the scheme affect the historic Secunda Priory wall?
There will be no change to the historic wall; the widening of Llanthony Road will take place on the opposite side of the road. We do intend to widen the footway to create a shared use footway/cycleway in front of the Priory wall.
Will the council have to purchase land to build the scheme?
The scheme will involve the purchase of third party land and buildings to enable the widening to take place. The land in question is currently in the ownership of various owners. At this stage every effort will be made to acquire the land by agreeing mutually acceptable terms and negotiated settlements with the various land owners.
Are there plans to demolish any of the buildings on Llanthony Road?
Yes. The scheme will include the alteration and/or partial demolition of commercial properties currently in use. Again this will only be done after establishing and negotiating, where possible, mutually agreed terms and settlements with the landowners.
What is the Full Business Case (FBC)?
The FBC is a document prepared by the Project Team and issued to GFirst LEP for approval. The FBC includes an assessment of whether the scheme is fit for purpose and meets central and local government policies, it discusses what options have been considered and how options have been developed.
How does this scheme accommodate the new Gloucester City AFC football stadium and other developments in the area?
One of the schemes primary objectives is to accommodate future growth in the area. The planning application transport assessment for the redevelopment of the Gloucester City AFC football stadium was neutral. In other words it is expected that the new stadium will not change the overall traffic volumes or movements. The improvements we are planning at Sudmeadow Rd should improve access to and from the stadium.
Gloucestershire County Council Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)
Gloucestershire County Council has made a Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) in order to pursue the widening of Llanthony Road. The CPO has been made in respect of the land needed to implement the scheme.
The CPO is called Gloucestershire County Council Gloucester South West Bypass (Llanthony Road Section) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019.
The CPO was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport for confirmation. A number of objections have been raised to the CPO and therefore the Secretary of State has asked for a public inquiry to be held into the making of the CPO.
In view of the current COVID-19 restrictions, the public inquiry will be held virtually.
Please find a copy of the CPO, plan and further details relating to the CPO (in respect of the virtual public inquiry) below:
- Compulsory Purchase Order (dated 13 November 2019)
- Compulsory Purchase Order Plan
- General Arrangement Plan
- Notice of Virtual Public Inquiry
- Statement of Case
Virtual public inquiry in respect of Compulsory Purchase Order 2019
A virtual public inquiry has been called in respect of the Gloucestershire County Council (Gloucester South West Bypass – Llanthony Road Section) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019.
The council has submitted a Statement of Case ahead of the inquiry, and will be referring to the following documents in evidence at the public inquiry:
- Compulsory Purchase Order
- Order Map
- Cabinet Report
- Minutes from GFirst LEP
- Full Business Case
- Gloucestershire's Strategic Economic Plan
- Local Transport Plan 2015-2031 - Countywide Capital Highway Project Delivery Priorities
- Planning Application - Red Line Plan
- General Arrangement Plan
- Planning Statement
- Planning Officer's Report
- Planning Decision Notice 10th April 2019
- Internal Memorandum of Understanding March 2018
- Gloucestershire Local Growth Fund - Grant Funding Payment Request Evidence and Financial Monitoring
Confirmation of Compulsory Purchase Order
The Gloucestershire County Council Gloucester South West Bypass (Llanthony Road Section) Compulsory Purchase Order 2019 was confirmed with modifications by the Secretary of State for Transport on 26 March 2021. A copy of the confirmed order and order map can be seen here:
- Confirmed compulsory purchase order (note: this is a scanned document, unsuitable for screen readers)
- Revised compulsory purchase order plan
- Letter of confirmation (note: this is a scanned document, unsuitable for screen readers)
- Inspectors report (note: this is a scanned document, unsuitable for screen readers)
Consent was given for the planning application in April 2019. The application is available for viewing and comment: Planning Application Summary.
If you have any questions on the scheme itself, please contact the Major Projects inbox.
Full Business Case
The scheme’s aims and objectives, how it will be of benefit to users and the wider public, and how we intend to manage the project moving forward is set out in the Full Business Case (FBC) below.
- Appendix A - Scheme Layout Dec 2017
- Appendix B1 - Air Quality Map
- Appendix B1 - Llanthony Road Air Quality and Greenhouse Assessment
- Appendix B2 - Noise Assessment (Aug18)
- Appendix B3 - Llanthony Landscape and Townscape
- Appendix B4 - Ecological Apprasial
- Appendix B5 - Preliminary Bat Roost Assessment
- Appendix C - Construction and Scheme Prog
- Appendix D - Scheme Risk Register Final
- Appendix E - S-Paramics Report
- Appendix F1 - Consultation Response - Llanthony Secunda
- Appendix F2 - Consultation Response - Glos City