Work starts on major Gloucester road improvement
By Rob Freeman | 26th February 2021
Work will begin next week on preparations for a £7.45million scheme designed to improve a major road in Gloucester.
Improvements to part of the Gloucester South West Bypass, also known as the A430 Llanthony Road scheme, will widen the carriageway to provide two lanes in each direction at a well-known pinch point.
Site preparation works begin on Monday with the main improvement works following later this year, subject to the completion of the final land acquisitions.
The Gloucester South West Bypass is an important link from the city centre to the M5 motorway and the Llanthony section is the only section remaining to be improved.
Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for planning and infrastructure, said: "I am delighted site preparation works will begin shortly as this major scheme is vital to help keep Gloucestershire moving and support economic growth in the county.
"For many years the Llanthony Road section of the Gloucester South West Bypass has created a bottleneck for traffic, frustrating commuters, residents, visitors and businesses alike.
"The widening of the road along with improvements to pedestrian crossings and cycling facilities will provide a range of benefits including reducing congestion and journey times, lowering air and noise pollution; as well as boosting employment by improving links to local businesses."
The proposed scheme will also see St Ann Way widened to provide two right turn lanes into Llanthony Road and new traffic lights at Sudmeadow Road to improve traffic flow.
Side road junctions, pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists will also be improved.
Councillor Pam Tracey, who represents Hempsted and Westgate on Gloucestershire County Council, said: "The widening of Llanthony Road is a very important improvement scheme for the county, so I am pleased site preparation works will begin shortly. Improving the traffic flow on this busy and popular road will provide local residents and commuters with faster journey times along the Gloucester South West Bypass."
GFirst LEP chief executive David Owen said: "These improvements will help to improve the traffic flow on a major route from the city centre to the M5 motorway.
"GFirst LEP was pleased to invest £2 million via Growth Deal funding into this South West Bypass Improvements scheme.
"Our investment went towards funding for the business case for the overall project."
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