The A417 Missing Link Update January 2020


Following the 2018 Highways England Route Options consultation, Highways England unveiled Option 30 as their preferred route to fix the A417 ‘Missing Link’.

In the autumn of 2019 a statutory public consultation for Option 30 followed. I’m pleased to say more than 2,100 people visited the public information events to talk to the Highways England project team about the A417 ‘Missing Link’, and over 900 people gave formal feedback on the consultation. I want to say a personal thank you to everyone who attended events or gave formal feedback. Your views are important and will help Highways England to develop the scheme.

The next step detailed in the update will be to submit the final plans in the application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) – the special type of planning permission needed for nationally significant infrastructure projects – to the Planning Inspectorate later this year.

This is very exciting news, and I’m sure you will join me in congratulating the highways planning officers from both the county council and Highways England for making progress on this scheme.

We must of course remember that delivery of the A417 ‘Missing Link’ scheme will be subject to confirmation of government funding within the second Road Investment Strategy (RIS2), which will is due to be published by April 2020.

Gloucestershire County Council has recently welcomed Baroness Charlotte Vere of Norbiton, who is Under Secretary of State at the Department for Transport. I hope that visiting the area helps ministers to understand the urgent need for the A417 ‘Missing Link’ to be fixed.

For too long the ‘Missing Link’ has posed problems for road users and local people including congestion, which causes road users to divert onto unsuitable minor roads blighting local communities. Poor visibility and other factors mean that accidents, many of which are serious, occur far too frequently on this stretch of road. However, I’m optimistic that 2020 will see further key decisions for this scheme.

Cllr Mark Hawthorne MBE

Leader, Gloucestershire County Council

You can read the latest Highways England project update online on the link below.



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