A417 ‘Missing Link’

9th July 2018

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP has further pressed the Department for Transport in the House of Commons to commit to funding the A417 ‘missing link’ upgrade.

Following the recent public consultation on the two surface options, with Option 30 appearing to be the most viable route, the scheme needs to secure funding from the new Road Investment Strategy 2 (RIS2) in 2020.

In his question to the Roads Minister, Jesse Norman MP, in the House of Commons, Sir Geoffrey was very clear that the A417 upgrade must proceed as quickly as possible in order to avoid excessive congestion and in extreme cases fatalities, which sadly show no sign of stopping.

The Minister reassured Sir Geoffrey that a preferred route will be announced in early 2019 and added that the Government has given this scheme a very strong commitment and will continue to do so.

Sir Geoffrey will continue to press the Secretary of State for Transport for a decision on his preferred option so that the DCO process which will include planning, design and tendering can all be slotted into place so that construction can begin as soon after 2020 as possible

Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, from the Forest of Dean, also supported Sir Geoffrey’s long campaign on this scheme and repeated the importance of the A417 to all of Gloucestershire and urged the Government to follow through on its commitments.

Commenting on this update, Sir Geoffrey said:

“I am pleased that the Government is publicly committed to progressing this much-needed road scheme in the Cotswolds. 34,000 vehicles travel on this strategically important road every day and sadly we have just recently witnessed another tragic fatality on this stretch of road. It is now incumbent on the Government to get on with this upgrade and announce the preferred route next year.”

The Rt Hon Mark Harper MP, Member of Parliament for the Forest of Dean, said:

“Making improvements at the A417 ‘Missing Link’ is rightly a priority for all of Gloucestershire, with regular congestion affecting residents & businesses from across the county. I will continue to work closely with Sir Geoffrey and other Gloucestershire MPs to ensure that Ministers deliver this important scheme which will benefit our constituents.”

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