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£2.23m of GFirst LEP cash to tackle Over roundabout congestion

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Written by: Gloucester Citizen & Gloucestershire Echo | Posted 16 December 2016 6:48

£2.23m of GFirst LEP cash to tackle Over roundabout congestion

The Over roundabout is set have a £2.23million overhaul to improve traffic flow for commuters.

The cash injection has come from GFirst Local Enterprise Partnership to improve the busy junction of the A40 and A417.

It means work can soon start on widening the approaches from Maisemore and Longford from two lanes to three.

A third lane would also be added around the island.

It is hoped the project will reduce queuing at the roundabout and improve journey times on the A40 and A417, like an earlier one.

A similar widening of the A40 approach from the Highnam roundabout last year did the trick.

Gloucestershire County Council launched the latest project to ‘future proof’ the junction against a predicted increase in traffic.

Councillor Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Shire Hall, said he was looking forward to the work starting after the £9million Elmbridge Court roundabout scheme had been completed.

“The work will increase the capacity of Over roundabout to help reduce congestion and keep traffic moving,” he said,

“Following on from the success of the C&G and Wall’s roundabout improvements, and the work taking place at Elmbridge Court, this new scheme will continue our work to help keep the county moving and support economic development.”

The work will enhance the A40/A417 corridor improvements made at the C&G roundabout and in progress at Elmbridge Court.

The work is expected to start by spring of 2018 and be finished by that summer.

It is part of the Gloucestershire Growth Deal – £77.5million secured by GFirst LEP to help grow the county’s economy.

GFirst LEP brings together businesses to make the county successful and create jobs.

Its chief executive David Owen said further investment in the county’s transport network was welcome.

“Research on Gloucestershire shows, as populations increase and the economy grows, the need to encourage regeneration while at the same time alleviating traffic congestion is imperative,” he said.

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