A417 Missing Link

Closed 29 Mar 2018

Opened 15 Feb 2018

Results Updated 21 Mar 2019

Following our non-statutory options consultation in 2018 to improve the A417 between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire our proposals have been modified and improved as a result of your feedback and we have chosen Option 30 as our preferred route for improving the A417 Missing Link.

Overall, the consultation demonstrated huge support for improving the Missing Link, in particular for route Option 30. We believe that Option 30 presents the best opportunity to deliver a landscape-led highways improvement scheme which meets all of our key objectives and delivers a return on investment.

Option 30 will:

  • Improve safety compared with the existing route and contribute to our target of reducing the number of people killed or seriously injured on our network
  • Make journey times more predictable, reducing the cost and inconvenience of unexpected delays on businesses and other people who use the road and enabling goods and services to be moved around more easily
  • Reduce rat-running through neighbouring communities, improving the lives of people who live close to the route and making it easier for drivers, walkers and other local road users to get around
  • Improve landscape and ecological connectivity through landscape and habitat restoration and provision of a green bridge
  • Improve air quality and reduce pollution caused by idling vehicles
  • Improve access to public footpaths, including the Cotswold Way National Trail and the Gloucestershire Way, helping more people to enjoy the routes safely
  • Support the predicted growth in jobs and housing in the Gloucestershire area by improving this key road connection

To learn more about our preferred route, please see the documents below. For more information on the development of the project and to subscribe to our web alerts, please visit us on the A417 Missing Link scheme webpage.



Information points

Copies of the preferred route plans and supporting reports will be available at the following local information points from Thursday 14 March during their normal opening hours:

                  Information point


Gloucestershire mobile library

Mobile Library Dates

Gloucester Library

Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT

Cheltenham Library

Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT

Stroud Library

Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB

Cirencester Library

The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ

Hucclecote Library

Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT

Brockworth Community Library

Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET

Coleford Library

The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH



Earlier this year we held a consultation on our proposals to improve the A417 between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire. The consultation gave you the opportunity to express your views on our proposals.

The consultation is now closed but you can view the information that was presented below. We’d like to thank everyone who took part in the consultation; we’ll now consider all the responses very carefully before moving onto the next stage of scheme development.

Background and need

Together, the A417 and A419 through the Cotswolds make up one of the south west’s most important road corridors, helping people get to work and school and visit family and friends.

But there’s a problem. While most of the route is dual carriageway, there’s one section that isn’t. Known as the ‘Missing Link’, this 3 mile stretch of single carriageway on the A417 between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout restricts the flow of traffic, causing congestion and pollution.

Congestion can be so unpredictable that some motorists rat run along local roads, affecting the communities along these routes. These local roads were not designed for this level of traffic and collisions often happen.

The existing A417 runs through the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and crosses the highly sensitive Cotswolds escarpment at Crickley Hill. The challenging shape of the landscape, and the highly sensitive nature of the Cotswold escarpment, means that there is no easy solution for improving this section of road.

Over the years, there have been numerous attempts to improve the A417 Missing Link. For various reasons, including affordability and changes in investment priorities, these have never come to fruition. However, in recent years, the case for improvement has become more compelling – to improve safety, support the economy, ease congestion and reduce pollution.

In recognition of this, the Government’s Road Investment Strategy sets out the intention to improve the A417 Missing Link between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout.

Videos about the scheme

A417 animation video



Fly through video of the proposed scheme options.


How to get involved

We are holding a public consultation on route options from 15 February to 29 March 2018.

We would like to know what you think about the options presented.

Please take part in the consultation: all of the consultation information is available on this webpage including a brochure with a summary of the proposed route and our consultation questionnaire.

You can also attend a public consultation event.

Public consultation events where you can see the proposals and meet with members of the project team will be held as follows:

Date Time Address
Saturday 17 February 2018 11am to 6pm National Star College, Ullenwood, GL53 9QU
Thursday 22 February 2018 12pm to 8pm Elkstone Village Hall, Hill View, Elkstone, GL53 9PB*
Friday 23 February 2018 11am to 6pm Witcombe and Bentham Village Hall, Pillcroft Road, Witcombe, GL3 4TB
Saturday 24 February 2018 11am to 6pm St Andrews Church Hall, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, GL50 1SP


Sunday 4 March 2018

11am to 6pm GL1 Leisure Centre, Bruton Way, Gloucester, GL1 1DT
Thursday 8 March 2018 12pm to 8pm Henley Bank High School (formerly known as Millbrook Academy), Mill Lane, Brockworth, Gloucester, GL3 4QF
Tuesday 13 March 2018 2pm to 8pm Gloucester Guildhall, 23 Eastgate Street. Gloucester, GL1 1NS
* denotes venue with limited or no parking facilities
Consultation booklets and feedback forms are also available to pick up at public information points and the full suite of technical documents are available to view at deposit locations around Gloucestershire:


Public information points

  • Crickley Hill Visitor Centre, Crickley Hill, Birdlip, Gloucester GL4 8JY
  • Gloucester Library, Brunswick Road, Gloucester, GL1 1HT
  • Cheltenham Library, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, GL50 3JT
  • Cirencester Library, The Waterloo, Cirencester, GL7 2PZ
  • Stroud Library, Landsdown, Stroud, GL5 1BB
  • Hucclecote Library, Hucclecote Road, Gloucester, GL3 3RT
  • Brockworth Community Library, Moorfield Road, Brockworth, GL3 4ET
  • Coleford Library, The Main Place, Old Station Way, Coleford, GL16 8RH

Deposit locations

  • Gloucestershire County Council, Shire Hall, Westgate St, Gloucester GL1 2TG
  • Tewkesbury Town Hall, High Street, Tewkesbury, GL20 5AL
  • Cotswold District Council main offices, Trinity Road, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1PX

Please read through the information in the consultation brochure below and use the online questionnaire to give us your views.



  • All members of the public


  • Roads