Nailsworth flood relief and safety improvements scheme

Flooding in Nailsworth town centre









Improvement work will be taking place in Nailsworth to help prevent flooding in the town.

The town was severely hit by floods in 2020 when 40mm of rain fell in 75 minutes, causing 36 businesses and eight properties to flood.

The county council will be working on a range of measures that aim to alleviate the impact of flooding in the future.

The drainage of surface water will be improved by providing a flow route to Nailsworth Stream, so the water does not pool in the centre of the town. New drains will be installed and a cattle grid will be converted so it can hold and slowly release flood water.

Safety improvements will also be made to the A46 roundabout in the centre of the town, along with measures to improve safety for pedestrians, after proposals were put forward by Nailsworth Town Council.

The schemes have been funded jointly by the county council and Stroud District Council, who are working in partnership to deliver the improvements.

Work will start on 12 September and is due to last for up to seven weeks, with the project expected to be completed by the end of October.

Some road closures will be necessary during the works, but access to properties will be maintained for residents and businesses and a signposted diversion will be in place.


Update on 16 September:

Our contractors have run into some difficulties with ground conditions at the top end of George Street around the cattle grid, which means this part of the works has taken longer than anticipated.

The sad news of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen and the additional bank holiday has also had an impact on our works programme so we have had to amend it accordingly – please see the revised version below.

The Spring Hill closure has been kept to the week originally planned so there is less impact on that side of town with access arrangements for Forest Green Rovers.

Update on 6 October:

Works are progressing well and on schedule. We will be moving to progress the works under temporary traffic lights from Monday 10 October.

Update on 19 October:

We will need to keep the 4 way traffic lights switched on throughout the week starting 24 October to undertake further drainage work. The night closure will begin on Monday night 24 October. The works being carried out here overnight are very weather dependent, therefore we extended the evening closure onto the following week in case the weather turns bad. 


The programme of works:

Programme of works:



Traffic Management


12 to 25 September (no works to take place on 19 September but closure will remain in place)

George St (between Morrisons access and junction with Pensile Road)

24 hr closure

Drainage improvements to cattle grid

26 to 30 September

Spring Hill (between A46 and junction with Old market)

24 hr Closure with 2 way lights to control traffic going into Old Market

Drainage and pedestrian island improvements

3 October to 9 October

George St (between junction with A46 and Morrisons Access)

24 Hr Closure

Drainage and pedestrian island improvements

10 to 28 October

A46 – all arms approaching roundabout

4 way traffic signals

Drainage and pedestrian island improvements

24 October to 4 November (approximate dates as this will be at the end of all other works)


Full night time road closure

Lining works on roundabout and Fountain Street (the week will be booked for the works as they are weather dependent but only likely to be closed for 3 of these nights)

Road closure confirmed so far:

Mon 24th Oct closed from 7pm - yes

Tue 25th Oct from 7pm - no closure, road open 

Wed 26th Oct closed from 7pm - yes

Thu 27th to Wed 2nd Nov - no closures, road open

Thu 3rd Nov - 4-way traffic lights for civil works from the midday and further drainage works between 7pm to 6am under road closure

Residents and businesses have been sent letters informing them of the plans.

We would like to thank all those who attended the drop-in session at the Mortimer Room next to Nailsworth Library on 6 September.

Following this, we are taking a number of actions to try to mitigate the impact of the works which includes:

  • Additional signage to advise of unsuitable alternative routes
  • Additional traffic management operatives on site at peak times to help manage the traffic while the four-way lights are operating
  • Requested additional parking enforcement to deter parking on key routes during the Spring Hill closure

The county council has liaised with Forest Green Rovers over the plans and tried to schedule the work and any road closures around away games or non-match days where possible. Extra staff will be on site to oversee traffic management when work has to take place on a match day.


Please use the link below for bus service updates from Stagecoach for the George Street closure:

Cotswold Green buses, which usually stop in George Street, will pick up/drop off from the­ bus station while George Street is closed.

Parents have received information from the GCC school transport team regarding arrangements for school buses during the works.

Cotswold Green 128:

128 service will be split into two halves. The Nailsworth half will depart from Nailsworth Bus Station whilst George Street is closed, at the normal time of 0750 and travel directly to Deer Park School. The second half will commence at normal time from Windmill Road in Minchinhampton. Unfortunately we will not be able to serve Box for the duration of the closure.

Ebley Coaches TK7:

Please see the revised timetable via the link on this page.


If you have any questions about the scheme please contact

Any updates to the programme will be posted on this page. 

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