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Main road between Cheltenham and Winchcombe has closed and will be shut for three weeks

Work is underway on the repair work to the main route between Cheltenham and Winchcombe that will see the road closed for the rest of the month.

The B4632 over Cleeve Hill was closed at 9.30am this morning between Lye Lane and Gambles Lane in order for crews to replace a collapsed drainage system.

There have been temporary traffic lights in operation on the half-mile stretch since September, but now the road is completely closed for three weeks.

An official diversion route will be in place for all vehicles travelling between Winchcombe and Cheltenham and vice versa - but that comes in at a considerable 17.1miles.

The council have advised that "Road users should use the signposted diversion to avoid congestion on local lanes."

During the work, crews working for Gloucestershire County Council will be making deep excavations so the road cannot be reopened to traffic until the work is complete.

Cllr Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways at Gloucestershire County Council, said, "Our investigations have found the poor condition of this stretch of road has been caused by a collapsed drain system which we must fix.

"I appreciate this urgent closure is inconvenient for both commuters and local residents however our crews will be working hard to get this road repaired as quickly as possible."

Residents and businesses within the closure area will have access to their properties and a letter with more details about the work will be delivered this week.

The road is due to reopen on February 28.

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