Have your say on final details for Gloucestershire’s A417 Missing Link scheme

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The public will get their chance to comment on detailed plans to upgrade a key route linking the South West and Midlands in a consultation which opened on Friday.

The planned improvement for the A417 will see the last stretch of three miles of single carriageway on the 31-mile A417/A419 route upgraded to dual carriageway.

Highways England announced the preferred route for the scheme, part of the Government’s £15 billion road investment programme, in March this year.

Highways England Senior Project Manager Mike Goddard said: “We had overwhelming support for our preferred route, with almost three-quarters of respondents at the last consultation in favour of it. This consultation is an important step before submitting  a planning application, so we are keen to engage with people and particularly interested to hear views on how the scheme links with other roads and serves the needs of users of the route, local communities and businesses.”

The 3.6-mile section of dual carriageway will be complemented by an extra climbing lane at Crickley Hill for slow moving traffic. A new section of road built through Shab Hill to the east of the existing A417 will re-join the road near the current location of Cowley roundabout and a new junction will be created at Shab Hill with connections to Birdlip and the A436 to Cheltenham and Oxford. The Air Balloon roundabout and Cowley roundabout are to be removed as part of the scheme.

The consultation is running from 27 September to 8 November 2019 and members of the public will get the chance to meet with the project team and talk about the proposals at a series of seven consultation events. More information is available on the scheme web page.