Campaign to force action on M5 junction 10, A417 and A46
TRANSPORT chiefs are being lobbied to make improvements to three of the county's most congested routes, including junction 10 of the M5.
The Echo has supported the campaign to upgrade the junction near Cheltenham to a full four-way access point.
And the Gloucestershire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) has now written to the Highways Agency urging it to take action.
The other two roads it has highlighted are the A417 and the A46.
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The LEP and Worcestershire LEP have been working together to try and minimise cross-border transport problems and they have identified a selection of "pinch points" which need fixing.
They say the traffic problems they cause are having an "adverse impact" on the economies of both counties.
One of the problem areas is the A417 Air Balloon roundabout, Brockworth to Cowley, labelled the 'missing link'.
The single carriageway section of the route currently handles between 28,000 and 33,000 vehicles everyday despite having a significantly lower capacity of just 18,000.
The road acts as one of the most heavily congested routes in the south west of England, acting as an important strategic route between the M4 at Swindon and the M5 at Gloucester.
The second pinch point is the A46 trunk road to the east of the M5 at junction nine.
The bridge replacement and full movement junction at junction 10 of the M5 are also mentioned in the letter as an area which would benefit from some remedial action.
The LEP wants the Highways Agency to commit to funding improvements.
Diane Savory, chairwoman of Gloucestershire LEP, said: "We want the Highways Agency to find a resolution to these pinch points to ensure our county has an infrastructure to support the growth of Gloucestershire."
Councillor Chas Fellows, Gloucestershire County Council cabinet member for economy and environment, added: "These are important transport issues that we have raised a number of times in the past.
"We welcome the LEP's support of our ongoing efforts."