A417 Missing Link Supplementary Consultation - October 2020

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Closes 12 Nov 2020

Introduction

Introduction

The A417/A419 provides an important route between Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon that helps connect the West Midlands and the north to the south of England via the M5 and M4 motorways. While most of the route is dual carriageway, there is one section that isn’t. Known as the Missing Link, this three-mile stretch of single carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout severely restricts the flow of traffic.

Why we’re consulting

As part of the planning process, we’re required to consult on changes to our project design before submitting our Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate. You can find out more about the plannng process online at https://infrastructure.planninginspectorate.gov.uk/.

Since our last public consultation in autumn 2019, we’ve been reviewing all the feedback received. We’ve amended our plans in direct response to requests to improve local connectivity and accessibility, and to reduce the scheme’s impact on communities, the environment, and the local landscape. It’s now important you have your say and provide feedback on our updated proposals.

What we’re consulting on

We’re proposing to upgrade the single carriageway section of the A417 between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout. Our proposed scheme comprises 3.4 miles (5.5km) of new dual carriageway connecting the existing A417 Brockworth bypass with the existing A417 dual carriageway south of Cowley.

We’ve made some improvements and changes to the scheme, which will further enhance local connectivity and accessibility and reduce the scheme’s impact on communities, the environment, and the local landscape. Now it’s your chance to have a say on our updated proposals.

While we welcome feedback on the entire scheme, the changes we’re seeking feedback on are:

1. New crossings: Cotswold Way and Gloucestershire Way crossings

2. The change in gradient of the A417 as it climbs the escarpment near Crickley Hill

3. The design of Cowley junction

4. The rerouting of the B4070 to Birdlip via Barrow Wake

5. The improvements we’ve made for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, including disabled users

6. The replacement of common land, which is a type of green space

7. The change in environmental effects as a result of the new design

Your views matter

This supplementary consultation is taking place between 13 October and 12 November 2020. It’s important that you submit your response by 11.59pm on Thursday 12 November 2020. Responses received after this time may not be considered.

More information

We’ve produced a supplementary consultation booklet to accompany this questionnaire, which describes our updated proposals. You may also wish to read A417 Missing Link; Responding to your feedback: public consultation 2019, which summarises how the feedback we received during our consultation in autumn 2019 has helped shape our latest plans for the A417 Missing Link scheme.

Our supplementary consultation brochure and further information, including plans of the scheme and our Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) report are available to view on our main supplementary consultation page. Hard copies are also available on request via a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk or by calling 0300 123 5000.

You can view our Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) Report  by clicking here. If you would like to order copies of these documents you can request them from our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 to arrange payment. These can incur a cost of up to £200 per document (including printing, postage and VAT); we will provide more details should you require a copy of any of these documents.

If you have any questions, or would like to talk to the Project Team, you can visit our online exhibition room and use its web chat function, or register via our website for one of our live Q&A events.