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Verge cutting will close major road for three days

Teams from Cotswold District Council and Gloucestershire County Council will work to cut grass and clear litter on the A40 this week, closing the road for three days.

Cotswold District Council's waste service provider Ubico Ltd will be working in partnership with Gloucestershire County Council and contractor Ringway to cut grass, clear litter and sweep surfaces on the verges of the A40 dual carriageway this week. But the works in Cirencester will include closing this major road from the Kings Meadow roundabout to Preston Tollbar from 7.30am to 5pm from 1st to 3rd July. 

As part of the operation, crews from Ubico will clear litter immediately after machines have cut the grass verges. A further machine will then be used to empty roadside gullies. Finally, the entire road will be swept by Ubico to remove other debris, leaving the A40 and A19 ring road much safer for road users.

Rob Heath, area operations manager for Ubico, said: "This is a real team effort, including ourselves, Gloucestershire County Council and Cotswold District Council. The works will be well planned and supervised to both enable our staff to carry out the work safely and reduce disruption to motorists and pedestrians.

Cllr Andrew Doherty, Cotswold District Council cabinet member for environment, said: "We know that long grass on verges can be problematic for motorists, especially on busy routes like the Andoversford dual carriageway and the Cirencester ring road, and I am very pleased that work will get underway soon to improve visibility.

"I am also very grateful to the Ubico crews for their litter picking operations across the whole district. Their efforts - combined with those of the public - make a big difference in our efforts to keep the Cotswolds tidy - and safe."

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