2020 – 2025

Government’s Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS 2) period, when construction of the A417 Missing Link scheme takes place.

February – March 2018

A Highways England public consultation is taking place around a shortlist of route options.

October 2016 – Early 2018

The second stage of the scheme development process is underway (reducing a long list of route options down to a short list).

February 2017

Gloucestershire County Council met with the Transport Minister seeking an assurance that the scheme would be constructed as soon as possible.

January – December 2017

Gloucestershire County Council is transferring £1m to Highways England, to undertake elements of the scheme development having previously offered Highways England up to £4million funding to accelerate progress on the scheme.

September 2016

Highways England completed the first stage (setting the objectives) of the scheme development process.

8 June 2016

GCC Cabinet will consider request to transfer £1m of GCC reserve to HE to part fund the feasibility stage.

May 2016

Highways England secured approval for funding to undertake ‘Stage 1’ feasibility for the scheme (see recent press release in relation to this).

20 November 2015

DfT’s Paul O’Sullivan, Director, Strategic Roads, Economics and Statistics and HE representatives visited the A417 Missing Link.

8 September 2015

Gloucestershire MPs met with Transport Minister Andrew Jones.

Early 2015

Highways England undertook ‘Stage 0’, which is the objective setting stage, and completed this in September 2015.

1 December 2014

Announcement made in the Autumn Statement that a solution for the A417 Missing Link would be delivered.

July 2014

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin joined Laurence Robertson MP, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Gloucestershire County Council’s Chief Executive Peter Bungard and Cllr Will Windsor-Clive Cabinet member for planning and infrastructure for a tour of the area and to discuss the proposed A417 Loop solution.

May 2014

The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, visits the A417 to be presented with the compelling argument in favour of replacing the road between the Cowley roundabout and Brockworth with a new dual carriageway.

March 2014

A417 link added to Highways Agency Route Based Strategies (RBS)

January 2014

GCC begins lobbying campaign to engage with individuals, businesses, MPs and councillors to secure as much support as possible. New brand A417 loop and on-line petition launched as well as a media and marketing campaign.

In 2013

HA commence a study to look at short term, low cost measures at the Air Balloon roundabout.

In 2012

The HA agreed to trial a traffic management change at the Air Balloon roundabout. This is subsequently abandoned in spring 2013.

In 2010/2011

The HA declares it has no funding to commence; even for the low cost measures identified in its report.

In 2010

Workshops led by HA, and a report was produced to identify short term, low cost measures to improve the route.

In 2008

The HA released the bypass review report and concluded that there were no lower cost solutions which would be capable of providing long term safety and congestion benefits between Cowley and Brockworth. The work confirmed that the major scheme proposals known as the A417 Loop is the only solution.

In October 2006

Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP debated the A417 Loop proposal in the House of Commons with the then Secretary of State, Dr Stephen Ladyman.

When referring to the A417 Loop scheme Geoffrey Clifton-Brown said: “For the first time, importantly, the Highways Agency had a major scheme design, and the Countryside Agency, the Environment Agency, English Nature and English Heritage were all content to see it proceed to the next stage: entry into the targeted programme of improvements.

In October 2001

The Highways Agency appointed consultants to undertake an environmental study to examine potential options to improve the section of road known as the A417 Loop.

Between 2004 and 2006

Work continued by the HA’s consultants to refine the surface route improvement, which was concluded as the best solution in the 2003 work.

The Stage 2 Community Consultation report- March 2006-concluded that Option D, the ‘modified A417 Loop’ should be taken forward.

In 2005

The government undertook a review of the motorway and trunk road network in England, classifying routes as being either of national or regional importance.

The A417/A419 was categorised as being of regional importance, with funding for any major transport schemes to be found from the south west region’s funding allocation.

In 2003

The HA published the results of this work: an options report, The A417 Cowley to Brockworth Improvement Study Report March 2003, which supported the dualling solution for the A417 Loop.

The study had also considered the potential for a tunnel, but this was abandoned on the grounds of cost, estimated at £1billion, and severe environmental impacts. The Environment Agency submitted a holding objection for the tunnel option that could not be resolved.

In 1998

Dual carriageway improvements completed over 80% of M4/M5 link, establishing strategic route.


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