£2m bid made to rid C&G roundabout of congestion

A bid for £2m to help tackle congestion in Gloucester has been submitted to the government by the county council.

The scheme will cost about £3m, with the balance paid by Gloucestershire County Council and Sainsbury's, which has agreed to support the plan.

If the bid is secured, most of the money would go towards improving the C&G roundabout, a main route into Gloucester off the M5 and the A40.

The county council will learn the outcome of its bid by the end of March.

Responsive lights

Gloucester MP, Conservative Richard Graham, worked with the county council on the bid.

He said: "It introduces left-hand lanes all the way round the roundabout so you don't have to go through the traffic lights.

"It will keep the traffic going so it will make it much simpler and I hope alleviate some of the problems."

The scheme would also see improvements to the Walls roundabout which is close to the C&G roundabout.

Both would have specialised traffic-responsive traffic lights to help improve the flow of traffic.

The Gloucestershire branch of the Federation of Small Businesses welcomed the scheme.

Federation spokesman Mark Owen said: "This is vital for the local economy - at the end of the day, for every single business, time is money.

"The longer you sit in a traffic jam, the longer your car is not moving or getting you anywhere and the longer your lorry is stuck somewhere and not distributing - this all costs you money."

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