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A417 Missing Link: Act now to back our campaign for new bypass

By Gloucestershire Echo  |  Posted: March 24, 2014

The Air Balloon roundabout on the A417

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It's the last chance for people to sign up to a campaign to Fill the A417 Missing Link in Gloucestershire to help bring an end to years of misery on the accident-prone road.

A week from now, the petition calling for new dual carriageway bypass the A417 Loop, between Cowley roundabout and Brockworth, will close.

Leaders at the county council will then hand it in to Government officials as further proof of the clamour for the new road.

It would replace the notorious A417 Missing Link, a bottleneck which is the site of regular traffic collisions and daily queues.

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So far the total number of people who have added their names is closing in on 4,000, and includes politicians, business leaders and residents who are fed up with delays caused by the endless tailbacks.

When the Echo launched the campaign for the A417 Loop at the beginning of this year, councillor Mark Hawthorne, leader of the county council, said it was time for Gloucestershire to speak with one voice in calling for the £255 million scheme.

Now, he has issued a rallying cry urging people for one last time to add their names to the petition before the end of the month.

He said: “With a week to go before the Highways Agency decides if the A417 Loop is on the list for recommendation to government, we need as many people as possible to show their support.

“We launched the Loop campaign in January and more than 3,899 people have already pledged their commitment. Let’s see how many more we can get before the end of March.”

If it goes ahead the A417 Loop would take motorists away from Nettleton Bottom and avoid the Air Balloon roundabout altogether, smoothing out the 5km route’s worst pinch-points.

It would include a short bypass of Nettleton Bottom, a new junction at Birdlip, a new junction replacing the Air Balloon roundabout and an additional two lane carriageway down Crickley Hill.

The closure of the petition will come as Government ministers are set to decide on their next round of major road improvement schemes.

If the A417 Loop is included on the list, it has a much higher chance of securing funding come Spring 2015.

To show your support for the campaign go to www.a417missinglink.co.uk or email info@a417missing link.co.uk. You can also follow @A417Loop on Twitter.

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