Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown seeks confirmation from the Government on progress on the A417 ‘missing link’

5th July 2018

Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown seeks confirmation that the Government will announce the preferred route for the A417 Swindon to Gloucester ‘missing link’ in the first quarter next year with building to commence in the early 2020s.

Road Investment Strategy

1. Which road schemes he plans to allocate funding to as part of the second Road Investment Strategy. [906262]

The Department is considering evidence about the strategic road network gathered by Highways England and stakeholders over the past two years, alongside responses to the consultation that took place over the winter. The Department will be announcing the decisions about which new enhancements will be included in the second road investment strategy in 2019.

I thank my hon. Friend for that answer. On the A417 missing link scheme Swindon to Gloucester, can he confirm that it is the Government’s intention that a preferred route will be announced in the first quarter of next year, followed by the development consent order process, followed hopefully by RIS2 funding, and with an intention to commence in the early 2020s to build this much-needed road where there has been a fatality recently?

This road is both dangerous and highly congested. Highways England has been carrying out a consultation on improving the missing link near the Air Balloon pub, as my hon. Friend will know, and I have recently met him and colleagues. Once the responses have been analysed there will be further consultation ahead of the preferred route announcement. We certainly hope there will be a PRA early in 2019.



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