KINGSHOLM Road should be completely resurfaced ahead of schedule to have it ready for the Rugby World Cup next year, according to a county councillor for the area.
The road is currently due to be resurfaced in July next year following complaints of potholes along the busy road to the city centre.
Works will cost around £125,000 and are expected to last several months.
Nearby Kingsholm Stadium will host four group stage matches when the Rugby World Cup begins in September 2015, including one Scotland game.
City and County Councillor Jeremy Hilton (LD, Kingsholm and Wotton) said: “If we leave the resurfacing until July 2015 we’re cutting it fine for the World Cup. It would be great if we could get it done earlier than that.”
“Immediate repairs such as large potholes should be done now, but next year the road needs a complete resurfacing.”
Kingsholm Road will be closed on April 12 during the rugby match against Bath to allow organisers to create a party atmosphere in the area, in a ‘dry run’ for the World Cup next year.
Major sewer works were carried out for six months on the road in 2012 by Severn Trent in a flood alleviation project.
Businesses on the road were hit hard by its closure, which came less than a year after 11 month-long works in 2011.
Steve Davis, owner of Cotswolds Computer Clinic on Kingsholm Road, said: “Many businesses in the street were affected when the road closed last time. Our trade was affected for sure.
“I think the work does need doing, so long as they don’t close the road.”
Gary Teague, owner of Teague’s Bar which is also on Kingsholm Road, said: “I understand why the road needs to be resurfaced for the World Cup, so I’m all for the work to be done so long as it’s not closed for as long as the previous time.”
Vernon Smith, Cabinet member for highways (C, Tewkesbury East) said: “We’ll be resurfacing Kingsholm Road in July next year so we’ll be ready to welcome the Rugby World Cup to Gloucester in September 2015.
“Our roads are vitally important for our county, people care a great deal about them and they help our local economy to thrive so their improvement is a top priority for Gloucestershire County Council”