Government delays key road improvements

Last year the Department of Transport approved funding to Highways England for fixing the A417 ‘Missing Link’, as part of a £15 billion countrywide road improvement scheme, but it has now been confirmed that a solution will not be delivered before 2021.

Many local residents and politicians have spent years lobbying for a solution to the triple problems at the A417 – air pollution, gridlock and accidents. The outgoing Coalition Government committed to a sum of £250 million to be allocated to solving the Missing Link last December.

Now, the new Government appears to be moving the goalposts. Not only do we now have no absolute commitment to spending money on a solution but the date for actual works is moving back beyond 2021.

  • A report from the LEP presented to the county’s council leaders this week stated that ‘Highways England say any delivery of A417 solution is not in current funding programme to 2021.

Conservative MPs and candidates at the general election made much of this issue. This now appears to have be more about getting them elected than finding an early solution to this problem.

Liberal Democrats feel that the residents of Gloucestershire deserve certainty, and the timetable for delivering a solution to fixing the A417 missing link is slipping. More needs to be done to get it back on track.

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