I support Gloucestershire County Council’s campaign and I am calling for the A417 loop to be included within the Highways Agency’s major scheme development programme for delivery as a matter of urgency.Pledge your support »
For more than 20 years, Gloucestershire and surrounding counties have been looking for a solution to the ‘Missing Link’ on the A417. The 5km stretch of road, near Nettleton Bottom, is the only single carriageway along the strategic 50km route between the M4 and M5.
The route is a key link between the West Midlands and London and is used daily by more than 34,000 vehicles.
The ‘Missing Link’ is often very heavily congested and there are frequent accidents, affecting people across Gloucestershire and further afield.
Gloucestershire County Council has consistently campaigned for something to be done to address the problem, which is seriously affecting our local economy and, more importantly, people’s safety.
Recent fatalities on the ‘Missing Link’ are a tragic reminder of why we need to act now.
The A417 loop scheme, the only workable solution to this problem, is not currently included in any national infrastructure delivery programme despite more than 20 years of investigations.
We’ve worked with the Highways Agency (HA) which has invested its time and money into finding the right solution – now we need that solution to be implemented.
Gloucestershire is firmly behind the A417 Loop scheme.
We now need the government to get behind Gloucestershire and we’re calling for the A417 loop to be included within the HA’s major scheme development programme for delivery as a matter of urgency.
Leader, Gloucestershire County Council
Aside from the fact that it’s the only single carriageway section between the M4 and M5, the missing link has many other issues.
It is the worst congestion hotspot in the county and daily delays have a major impact on commuters and local businesses. There are frequent accidents – the road has seen more than 340 casualties in the past 15 years, some of them fatalities.
The government will set out its future road schemes at the end of March and Gloucestershire County Council is spearheading a campaign to see the missing link solution – the A417 loop – added to the list.
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