GFirst LEP plans to work with local businesses to sort out county's major traffic blackspots
MORE is being done to tackle major traffic blackspots in Gloucestershire with the county's economic development champion offering businesses £100 to help solve the issue.
Transport experts Atkins will carry out research on behalf of GFirst LEP to identify the economic growth potential for businesses that would result from carrying out certain transport developments in Gloucestershire.
GFirstLEP is also asking businesses what they think about prioritising three road improvement schemes to better the county's infrastructure.
The three major traffic spots in focus are M5 Junction 9 at Ashchurch Tewkesbury, M5 Junction 10, north west of Cheltenham and the A417 'missing link' between Brockworth and Nettleton Bottom.
The A46 single carriageway leading to and from the M5, Junction 9 in Tewkesbury currently causes long traffic delays at peak times. In north west Cheltenham, junction 10 offers no access to the M5 southbound causing traffic to travel through Cheltenham, increasing journey time. The A417 'missing link' is regarded as a national route and connects M5 southbound travellers to London. The single carriageway road is extremely congested and very susceptible to accidents and congestion.
GFirst LEP believes that substantial work is needed to tackle these three areas and boost Gloucestershire's economy and allow future economic growth.
Chief executive of GFirst LEP David Owen said: “As part of the Strategic Growth Plan that we are currently developing, it is crucial that we improve transport links within the county for business expansion and to help people have better access to jobs and services.
"We believe there is huge potential for what is being called the “M5 Innovation Zone”, along the M5, stretching from Junction 9 at Ashchurch in Tewkesbury to Junction 13 at Stroudwater and the business park corridor into Stroud.
"The work we’re commissioning is essential to help inform our priorities for Gloucestershire and to highlight how we can best work together with bordering LEPs who share our vision for these transport improvements such as Junction 9 of the M5 and the A417 Missing Link."
GFirst LEP is asking businesses to complete a short online survey to help with the vital research. Following this, members of GFirst will then carry out detailed interviews with a small cross-section of businesses that make use of the roads in question.
Visit surveymonkey.com/s/GFirstLEP to complete the online survey which takes no more than 10 minutes to complete. All respondents will be entered into a prize draw to win £100.
The survey must be completed before Friday, August 16.
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