A38/A4019 Junction Improvements at Coombe Hill

Gloucestershire County Council is proposing improvements to the A38/A4019 Junction at Coombe Hill.

Please click here to see the preliminary design layout plan and follow this link to our survey to suggest any further design refinements. The survey will run from 7 to 28 October 2021.

M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme


The preferred design concept (or ‘preferred route’) for the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme has now been selected. Details of this concept can be found in the Preferred Route Announcement Leaflet.

We have also published the full Consultation Report and Staged Overview of Assessment Report, to view them please click the links. Alternatively, both are also available in the Further Information section on the right of this webpage.

Scheme background

Gloucestershire County Council has been successful in its bid to Homes England for funding to upgrade M5 Junction 10.

The funding will be used to improve access to and from the motorway northbound and southbound to a new link road into Cheltenham. This will support growth plans both locally and throughout Gloucestershire, as well as help to solve long standing traffic and travel issues, helping to keep our county moving. Funding is also being made available for improvements to the A4019.

An upgrade to Arle Court Park and Ride (now referred to as Arle Court Transport Hub) and improvements at the A38/A4019 Coombe Hill Junction were also included as part of the package of improvements funded by Homes England. Gloucestershire County Council has decided to take these elements forward separately in order accelerate their delivery.

More information about the Arle Court Transport Hub proposals can be found here.  

More information about the proposed improvements at the A38/A4019 Coombe Hill Junction can be found here.

Scheme progress

We are committed to working with all stakeholders and the public, who had the opportunity to comment on our proposals during the M5 Junction 10 Improvements Scheme options consultation in autumn 2020. We thank you for the time you took to participate.

We have analysed all the comments and feedback received during the consultation and have used the findings of this, supported by further technical work, to decide on the scheme’s preferred route. The preferred route announcement is a public announcement of the scheme option that will be progressed to the next stage of design, following extensive technical work and initial public consultation.

Overall, the options consultation demonstrated that the majority of participants agree that there is a clear need to improve Junction 10, and that their preference for doing this would be Option 2. This option involves upgrading the existing junction with a grade separated roundabout centred on the existing junction. You can remind yourself of the details of the three options shortlisted for consultation in the options consultation brochure available in the Further Information section on the right of this webpage.

During the options consultation we also received valuable feedback on specific elements of the proposed designs for the junction, link road and widening along the A4019. Our preferred scheme also now incorporates design changes which have been made as a result of your feedback during the consultation and further technical work progressed since late 2020.

The preferred route announcement leaflet explains how we’ve taken on board your feedback and presents the thinking behind any changes we’ve made to the scheme since the consultation. At the end of the leaflet we’ve also provided some information about what happens next.

Also published alongside the preferred route, the full Consultation Report provides an in-depth summary of the feedback you provided and details how we have considered your suggestions. The Staged Overview of Assessment Report is also available as a technical document outlining why the improvement option was chosen, and any design changes resulting from the consultation.

Information about the preferred option and a set of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) can also be found in the Further Information section on the right of this page.

Next steps

We continue to work closely with Highways England so that the construction of this much-needed junction upgrade works for all road users. It is currently anticipated that the junction will be open in 2024.

All updates, including plans and timescales for scheme development and statutory consultation, will be provided here or through our Twitter and Facebook accounts, you can also sign up for email alerts using the link on the right of this page.

You can also email us at M5Junction10@atkinsglobal.com or leave a voicemail on 01454 667 900 and one of our team will contact you.

Further details of the delivery of the Joint Core Strategy for new housing and jobs, via Cheltenham and Tewkesbury Borough Councils as planning authorities, is available via the JCS website www.jointcorestrategy.org.

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