Gloucestershire

A4019 closure between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury reconsidered

Work which would have closed a road between Cheltenham and Tewkesbury for up to a year has been postponed while the government considers its impact.

The Highways Agency wanted to shut part of the A4019 to replace a motorway bridge at junction 10 of the M5.

Tewkesbury's MP, Laurence Robertson, met with a transport minister to highlight concerns from residents, businesses and the emergency services.

He said the minister would now look at the issues raised personally.

A Highways Agency spokesman said the 40-year-old bridge needed £12m of "urgent repairs".

Emergency calls

Concerns had previously been raised by Cheltenham Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council and Tewkesbury Borough Council as to the closure's impact on businesses and road users.

Gloucestershire's chief fire officer, Jon Hall, also criticised the plan saying it would "slow attendances" for emergency calls.

The Conservative MP met with the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport, Mike Penning, on Tuesday, to discuss the closure.

"Mr Penning told me he wants to look at the issues himself - he's a former fire officer - and he was very concerned about this and concerned he had not been told about it.

"He wants to have a good look at this before he gives the full and final go-ahead for any work to be carried-out."

"He also told me the government would look into improving access to and from the M5 at junction 10," he added.

At present drivers can only join the M5 northbound or exit southbound at the junction near Cheltenham.

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