On time and on budget: Council hails completion of roadworks on key Gloucester junction
By James Young | 18th October 2019
The multi-million pound overhaul of Gloucester's Cross Keys Roundabout has been completed on time and on budget, Gloucestershire County Council have announced.
Sitting on one of the key arterial routes into the city, the improved roundabout hopes to cut traffic congestion on the A38, B4008 and to junction 12 of the M5 motorway.
The county council called it "strategically important for the county" due to its links to both the A38 and M5 and secured £2.7million of central government funding for the improvements.
The work has seen extra lanes added to the approaches to the junction and an extra lane included around the circumference of the roundabout.
According to the council: "The upgrade will significantly benefit road users with more vehicles now able to get through the Cross Keys Roundabout, reducing traffic jams, journey times and helping to reduce the risk of queuing on the nearby M5."
A new shared path for cyclists has also been added while enhanced street lighting and ducting for traffic signals installed for a future upgrade.
That future upgrade will occur when the nearby Hunts Grove housing development has been completed, the council revealed.
Councillor Vernon Smith, cabinet member for highways said, "This work will reduce congestion which produces air pollution, and inline with Gloucestershire's commitment to be carbon neutral by 2050, sustainable methods of transport such as bicycles, ultra low emission buses, electric cars and vans need safe, high-quality highways to get around.
"The Cross Keys scheme complements the investment we've made into other major junctions around the county, such as Elmbridge Court, C&G, Walls and Over roundabouts.
"We are constantly working to improve and adapt our network to make sure it is fit for purpose for many years to come."
Cllr Stephen Davies, local councillor for Hardwicke and Severn, said, "I'm really pleased that this work has been completed and look forward to the many benefits it will bring road users and pedestrians alike.
"I would also like to recognise the great work done by the contractors to minimise the inevitable disruption."
Work on the Cross Keys Roundabout started on May 13, with the work undertaken by Wales-based contractor Alun Griffiths (construction) Ltd.
At the time the County Council said they envisaged that the whole work would cost £3.85 million.
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