When and where to have your say on plan for £435m new route

Gloucestershire Echo - - NEWS -

» FROM to­mor­row mem­bers of the pub­lic will be able to have their say on the lat­est de­sign of the A417 Miss­ing Link scheme and find out how it will af­fect them.

Ear­lier this year High­ways Eng­land chose a pre­ferred route for a new 3.4-mile dual car­riage­way which will cost £435 mil­lion, known as Op­tion 30.

Op­tion 30 ini­tially set out the new road would have a 70mph speed limit and short road con­nect­ing Birdlip to the A417.

Road cross­ings for pedes­tri­ans and cy­clists would be in­cluded and the Air Bal­loon and Cow­ley round­abouts would be re­moved.

The A417 runs be­tween Glouces­ter, Cirences­ter and Swin­don and is used by many mo­torists trav­el­ling be­tween Lon­don and the West Mid­lands as a short­cut be­tween the M4 and the M5.

The ex­ist­ing road bot­tle­necks at the Air Bal­loon round­about near Birdlip.

De­tails of how the new pro­pos­als will look will be made avail­able to­mor­row.

High­ways Eng­land is ask­ing the pub­lic to sub­mit feed­back re­sponses by 11.59pm on Fri­day, Novem­ber 8.

Here’s how the pub­lic can ex­plore the pro­pos­als and talk to mem­bers of High­ways Eng­land:

» Mon­day, Septem­ber 30, from 2pm to 8pm at Glouces­ter Rugby Club, King­sholm Road, Glouces­ter, GL1 3AX

» Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 3, from 2pm to 7pm at Na­tional Star Col­lege, Ul­len­wood, GL53 9QU

» Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 5, from 11am to 6pm at Wit­combe and Ben­tham Vil­lage Hall, Pill­croft Road, Wit­combe, GL3 4TB

» Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 7, from 11am to 6pm at St An­drew’s Church Hall, Mont­pel­lier Street, Chel­tenham, GL50 1SP

» Wed­nes­day, Oc­to­ber 9, from 2pm to 7pm at Birdlip Church, Birdlip, GL4 8JH

» Fri­day, Oc­to­ber 11, from 11am to 6pm at Cirences­ter Town Coun­cil, Bing­ham House, 1 Dyer Street, Cirences­ter, GL7 2PP

» Tues­day, Oc­to­ber 15, from 2pm to 8pm at Church­down Com­mu­nity As­so­ci­a­tion, Par­ton Road, Church­down, Glouces­ter, GL3 2JH

Time­line

» De­cem­ber 2014: Scheme an­nounced

» Fe­bru­ary to March 2018: Route op­tions con­sul­ta­tion

» April 2018 to Spring 2019: Se­lec­tion and de­vel­op­ment of pre­ferred route

» Spring 2019: Pre­ferred route an­nounce­ment

» Septem­ber 2019: Statu­tory con­sul­ta­tion

» Spring 2020: DCO pro­pos­als are sub­mit­ted to the plan­ning in­spec­torate

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