A40 rush hour 'worst ever' Forest of Dean commuters claim
CALLS are being made to reconfigure the A40 to prevent constant backlogs during rush hour traffic.
Commuters heading out of the Forest of Dean said it regularly takes up to an hour to get from Minsterworth on the A48 to Highnam on the A40.
Councillors in Cinderford have pledged to lobby highways chiefs about the issue, which they said is exasperated by "unnecessary" road markings and traffic lights.
Town and district councillor Bernie O'Neill (L, Littledean and Ruspidge) lives in Cinderford and commutes to Gloucester, where he teaches.
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"I'm having to leave five minutes earlier every day," he said.
"It's really bad, it took me 50 minutes to get from Highnam to Over and it often backs up to the Apple Tree pub in Minsterworth – you can pop in for a couple of pints on your way to work because the road is just a car park."
Town council chairman Graham Morgan said opening up both lanes of the dual carriageway immediately after the Highnam roundabout would help.
Currently, the left hand lane is blocked off for about 100 yards to allow safe access to a house on the roadside.
"It's ridiculous that a whole lane of the dual carriageway is closed for one house," he said.
"It's worse now than before they re-did the road, it's been a complete waste of money and it's causing inconvenience to thousands."
He added that traffic turning right from A40 towards Newent should be made to go all the way around the Highnam roundabout, instead of the current traffic lights system.
The road is the responsibility of the Highways Agency, who were unable to respond by the time of going to press.