A417 missing link

Improving the connection between two dual carriageway sections of the A417 at Brockworth and Cowley.

Region:  South West
Start date:  TBC
Cost:  £250 to £500 million
Status:  PLANNED
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  TBC
Programme:  

Progress report

We are pleased to announce that public consultation on our proposals for the A417 Missing Link scheme is now open. The consultation opened on Friday 27 September and closes on Friday 8 November 2019 at 11:59pm.

The consultation is a chance for you to help shape the scheme, and feed into the final proposals that we will submit as part of a Development Consent Order (DCO) planning application to the Planning Inspectorate in spring next year (2020).

Have your say on our consultation page

Senior Project Manager Mike Goddard and South West Regional Delivery Director Nick Aldworth, explain why it is so important to have your say:

You can find out more about our proposals for the scheme by reading the A417 Missing Link Consultation Booklet, and when you’re ready to provide your feedback, you can do so by completing our online feedback questionnaire.

All consultation materials can be found on the consultation page or in the 'Consultation 2019' folder in the Media and documents section below.

We are also hosting a number of drop-in events where you can explore the proposals, talk to members of the project team, and gain an understanding of how the proposed road would fit within the landscape.

A list of our drop-in events is below:

Date Time Venue Address
Monday 30 September 2019 2pm to 8pm Gloucester Rugby Club Kingsholm Road, Gloucester, GL1 3AX
Thursday 3 October 2019 1pm to 8pm National Star College Ullenwood, GL53 9QU
Saturday 5 October 2019 11am to 6pm Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB
Monday 7 October 2019 11am to 6pm St Andrew's Church Hall Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP
Wednesday 9 October 2019 2pm to 8pm Birdlip Church Birdlip, GL4 8JH
Friday 11 October 2019 11am to 6pm Cirencester Town Council Bingham House, 1 Dyer Street, Cirencester, GL7 2PP
Tuesday 15 October 2019 2pm to 8pm Churchdown Community Association Parton Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, GL3 2JH

What's next?

Once the consultation closes, we will analyse and consider all your feedback to ensure it is taken into account as we finalise our proposals. We expect to submit our DCO planning application to the Planning Inspectorate in spring 2020. Our DCO planning application will include a consultation report that details what feedback we received, and how we have responded to it.

You can find out more information about this planning process on the National Infrastructure Planning website.

Timeline

Date Event
December 2014 Scheme announced
15 February – 29 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

Why we need this scheme

The A417/A419 provides an important route between Gloucester and Swindon that helps connect the Midlands/North to the South of England. It's an alternative to the M5/M4 route via Bristol. The Missing Link itself is a three-mile stretch of single-lane carriageway on the A417 between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire.

The Missing Link causes many problems for road users and those who live or work in the area. Congestion can be frequent and unpredictable so some motorists divert onto local roads to avoid tailbacks. This causes difficulties for neighbouring communities and local roads were not built to accommodate so much traffic. Poor visibility and other factors also mean that accidents, many of which are serious, occur frequently along this section of road.

Our scheme to improve the A417 Missing Link will bring significant benefits to the local area. We spoke to residents, local businesses and political leaders to find out the problems they face and how our scheme could benefit the south west.

Aims

We want to create a landscape-led highways improvement scheme that will deliver a safe and resilient free-flowing road while conserving and enhancing the special character of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty; reconnecting landscape and ecology; bringing about landscape, wildlife and heritage benefits, including enhanced visitors’ enjoyment of the area; improving local communities’ quality of life; and contributing to the health of the economy and local businesses.

The scheme has four key objectives:

  • Transport and safety: to reduce delays, create a free-flowing road network and improve safety along this stretch of the A417
  • Environment and heritage: to reduce the impact on the landscape, natural and historic environment of the Cotswolds and, where possible, enhance the surrounding environment
  • Community and access: to reduce queuing traffic and pollution, improve access for local people to the strategic road network, and support residents and visitors’ enjoyment to the countryside
  • Economic growth: to help boost growth and prosperity by making journeys more reliable and improving connectivity

The scheme in detail

Since our preferred route announcement in March this year (2019), we have been developing and refining the scheme to reflect feedback that we received at our last consultation in February-March 2018, as well as studies and analysis we have been carrying out to better understand the surrounding landscape.

A summary of our proposals is as follows:

  • 3.6 miles (5.8 km) of new dual carriageway connecting the existing A417 Brockworth bypass with the existing A417 dual carriageway south of Cowley
  • The section to the west of the existing Air Balloon roundabout would follow the existing A417 corridor. However, the section to the south and east of the Air Balloon roundabout would be offline, away from the existing road corridor
  • A new junction at Shab Hill, providing a link from the A417 to the A436 towards Oxford and into Birdlip
  • A green bridge near Crickley Hill
  • A new junction would be included near Cowley, replacing the existing Cowley roundabout
  • The existing A417 between the Air Balloon roundabout and the Cowley roundabout would be repurposed. We would convert some lengths of this existing road into a route for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, while retaining other sections to maintain local access for residents

You can also look at the technical engineering drawings for these proposals outlined above.

Background

There have been numerous attempts to improve the A417 Missing Link. For various reasons, including affordability and changes in investment priorities, these have never become a reality. In recent years, the case for improvement has become more compelling – to improve safety, support the economy, ease congestion and reduce pollution.

In February and March 2018, we undertook a consultation on proposed route options for improving the A417 Missing Link. This was the first opportunity for people to give us their views on our proposals. You can view the consultation materials on our consultation page.

We received strong support for improvements, with over 70% of respondents voicing support for Option 30, which we announced as our preferred route in March 2019.

Since then, we’ve been working closely with the Department for Transport and a wide variety of stakeholders to develop and refine the preferred route in order to deliver a scheme that improves safety and carefully balances the needs of the local landscape, environment and economy, while managing affordability and value for money.

Environmental information

As a landscape led highways scheme, it is important for us to understand the environmental effects of the scheme on the surrounding landscape. The surveys we carried out earlier in the year (which you can read about in the Ecology Factsheet and Water Ecology Factsheet), now form part of our Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) report, which provides detailed information on a range of surveys and assessments we have carried out to better understand the surrounding landscape.

More information about the PEI Report is available in ‘what we have considered’ section of the consultation booklet.

Project media files and documents

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A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Booklet
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Feedback Questionnaire
A417 Statement of Community Consultation - September 2019
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Consultation Plan - Climbing the Escarpment
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Consultation Plan - Overall Scheme
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Consultation Plan - Repurposed A417
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Consultation Plan - Shab Hill to Cowley Junction
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Red Line Boundary Plan
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Mainline Plan and Profile Sheet 1
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Mainline Plan and Profile Sheet 2
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Mainline Plan and Profile Sheet 3
A417 Missing Link Public Consultation - Mainline Plan and Profile Sheet 4
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Appendices
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 1
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 2
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 3
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 4
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 5
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Figures Volume 6
A417 Missing Link - Preliminary Environmental Information Report - Non Technical Summary

Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The A40 eastbound between the junctions with the A38 and the A417 north of Gloucester. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 October 2019 to 12:00 on 25 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 November 2019 to 12:00 on 1 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 11:00 am
Location : The A40 eastbound between the junctions with the A417 west of Gloucester and the A38 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 October 2019 to 12:00 on 25 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 November 2019 to 12:00 on 1 November 2019.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 11:00 am
Location : The A40 westbound between the junctions with the A38 and the A417 west of Gloucester. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 25 October 2019 to 12:00 on 25 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:00 and 15:00 from 28 October 2019 to 31 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 1 November 2019 to 12:00 on 1 November 2019.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 11:00 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J8 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 23 October 2019 to 06:00 on 24 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:32 am
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J12 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 24 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 October 2019 to 30 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J11 and J12 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 24 October 2019 to 26 October 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 28 October 2019 to 30 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J13 and J11A . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J13 and J11A . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2019 to 06:00 on 22 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J11 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A40 eastbound between the A4136 and the junction with the A48 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 18:00 on 18 October 2019.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A417 northbound between the A429 and the junction with the A436 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A417 northbound between the A419 and the junction with the A436 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2019 to 05:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A417 southbound between the A436 and the junction with the A429 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 18 October 2019 to 05:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A40 eastbound at the junction with the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 21 October 2019 to 15:00 on 21 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 October 2019 to 06:00 on 22 October 2019. Schedule : From 09:00 on 22 October 2019 to 15:00 on 22 October 2019. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 October 2019 to 06:00 on 23 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A40 eastbound exit slip to the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 21 October 2019 to 25 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J8 and J11 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 05:00 from 21 October 2019 to 24 October 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am
Location : The A417 southbound between the A436 and the junction with the A419 . Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 18 October 2019 to 06:00 on 19 October 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: October 18, 2019, 8:10 am

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