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£22m A40 upgrade going ahead this summer despite lockdown

Credit: Gloucestershire County Council

The £22million upgrade of the A40 from the M5 motorway to Cheltenham will still go ahead this year despite the coronavirus lockdown.

An electronic sign on the A40 and Golden Valley bypass says the work will start in May, but Gloucestershire County Council confirmed it expects the scheme to start by early Summer.

The project is designed to ease congestion and will include adding extra lanes to the Arle Court Roundabout and past GCHQ, and increasing capacity at J11 of the M5.

The planned work comes ahead of the development of a £650m cyber business park and thousands of homes on the western edge of Cheltenham.

The UK is currently in lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic, leaving people with no choice but to distance themselves from one another to curb its spread.

However the county council has confirmed that major road projects – including the A40 upgrade – will still go ahead.

The authority said work on the new M5 Junction 10 is continuing and is in design stage, and it’s not impacted by covid-19.

A plan to add extra lanes to Llanthony Road, Gloucester, to increase capacity will still go ahead and is not impacted by the coronavirus, the authority said.

And the ‘missing mile’ of the Stroudwater Canal will still be restored, with the county council saying site work is ‘progressing well’.

By Leigh Boobyer, Local Democracy Reporting Service

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