Approval will be sought next week at Gloucestershire County Council’s cabinet meeting to increase its budget for the improvements set for Gloucester South West Bypass.
On Wednesday 18th April the council’s cabinet will be asked to agree an extra £2.475 million from its capital contribution towards the improvements along Llanthony Road which; form part of Gloucester’s South West Bypass.
The bypass is an important link from the city centre to the M5 motorway, and the Llanthony section is the only section still waiting to be improved.
The road, which is on the A430, is a single carriageway which creates a bottleneck between Llanthony Road and St Anne Way.
The proposed scheme will see this section widened and the traffic lights refurbished to make traffic flow better. The side road junctions will also be improved and there will also be improvements to pedestrian crossings and facilities for cyclists.
The extra funding will go towards the overall scheme now that a detailed design is complete, and the cost of the land needed to make the road improvements.
Originally the estimated cost of the scheme was £4.974 million. The revised estimate is £7.449 million. If agreed, the funding would come from the council’s Highways Capital Grant. The council will also receive Growth Deal funding of £2 million from the GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership for the scheme.
Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure said, “This is a very important improvement scheme for Gloucestershire which is already included in the county council’s adopted Local Transport Plan.”
Cllr Pam Tracey, local county councillor for Hempsted and Westgate said, “I’m pleased this is being discussed at next Wednesday’s cabinet meeting and I look forward to hearing the outcome. Residents and commuters would appreciate quicker journeys along the Gloucester South West Bypass.”
It is hoped that the improvements could be complete and open to the public by 2022.
To find out more, and to see the proposed design, visit: gloucestershire.gov.uk/llanthony