Metz Way to Abbeymead Avenue - Highway & Signal Improvements

The aim of the scheme is to improve traffic flows along the Metz Way - Abbeymead Avenue route corridor.

The Abbeymead Avenue and Metz Way corridor is currently used by the Stagecoach Number 8 and 13 bus routes and significant peak period delays are currently experienced by these services due to congestion.

Abbeymead Avenue and Metz Way are local distributor roads for the large residential areas of Abbeymead, Abbeydale and Coney Hill and are on the most direct route into Gloucester city centre for many residents. In fact compared with the rest of Gloucestershire, part of Abbeymead is in the top 5% for 'commuting by car', with over 64% of residents using their private car to commute to work. This is contributing towards the current high peak hour traffic levels.

The Metz Way and Eastern Avenue Junction is a key part of Gloucester’s road network, connecting Abbeymead to the A38, one of the county’s principal roads. The scheme will include carriageway widening and applying the latest technology to the traffic signals at this junction.

The corridor improvements will help reduce peak period journey times, improve bus service reliability, potentially increase the proportion of cycle and public transport users and also encourage sustainable travel.

Where reasonably practicable, works will be done off-peak (9:30am - 3:30pm), limiting the impact on traffic flow at the busiest times of the day. To carry out the works safely it will also be necessary to have some night closures (specific dates will become available nearer the time). Access will be maintained for residents and businesses; there will be diversion routes in place, but if you have specific access requirements, please contact us in advance.


The overall scheme objectives are as follows:

  • Improve link between Coopers Edge and Gloucester City Centre
  • Improve local junctions on the route
  • Provide better opportunities for shift from car use to walking, cycling and public transport

The scheme will:

  • Reduce traffic queues and congestion
  • Improve bus journey times
  • Apply latest technology to existing traffic signals
  • Improve cycling facilities
  • Upgrade existing pedestrian crossings

The scheme involves work at the following locations:

Site Location Description of works
1 Metz Way junction with ASDA Upgrading traffic signals
2 Metz Way junction with Eastern Avenue Modification to highway alignment and upgrading of traffic signals
3 Metz Way, adjacent to St. Lawrence Road Upgrading pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing
4 Abbeymead Avenue - Coney Hill Roundabout Widening the existing shared use footway/cycleway from North Upton Lane to and around Coney Hill roundabout
5 Abbeymead Avenue junction with North Upton Lane Improvements to highway alignment and upgrading traffic signals
6 Abbeymead Avenue, South of Oaks Roundabout Upgrading pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing
7 Abbeymead Avenue junction with Kimberland Way Upgrading pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing
8 Abbeymead Avenue, South of Mead Road

Upgrading pedestrian crossing to a toucan crossing





  • Detailed Design Completion - July 2016
  • Business Case Submission - July 2016
  • Business Case Approved by LEP - October 2016
  • Construction Start - July 2018
  • Construction End - 27 February 2019



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