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Metz Way to Abbeymead Avenue - Highway & Signal Improvements

About the scheme

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.

Implementation of the proposed corridor improvements will therefore help reduce peak period journey times, improve bus service reliability and potentially increase the proportion of cycle and public transport users and also encourage sustainable travel habits for existing and future residents.

The overall scheme objectives are as follows:

  • Improve link between Coopers Edge & 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 current programme:

  • Detailed Design Completion - July 2016
  • Business Case Submission - July 2016
  • Business Case Approved by LEP - October 2016
  • Construction Start - Spring 2017
  • Construction End - Summer 2017


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