Highways England is seeking the views of Cotswold residents on its updated designs for the A417 Missing Link.

The planned upgrade of the A417, a key route linking the South West and Midlands, will see a single lane stretch of carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire, upgraded to dual carriageway.

Michael Goddard, senior project manager for the A417 Missing Link scheme, said: “We plan to build 3.4 miles (5.5km) of new dual carriageway, which will considerably improve road safety, reduce traffic congestion and improve connectivity for road users and local communities, while unlocking economic growth in Gloucestershire and beyond.

“As a result of your feedback, we’ve made some improvements to our proposals which will benefit local connectivity, accessibility and reduce the impact on communities, the environment, and the local landscape.

"As part of the planning process, we’re required to consult on our proposed design.”

The changes Highways England is seeking feedback on are:

• new crossings: Cotswold Way and Gloucestershire Way crossings

• the change in gradient of the A417 as it climbs the escarpment near Crickley Hill

• the design of Cowley junction

• the rerouting of the B4070 to Birdlip via Barrow Wake

• improvements for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, including disabled users

• the replacement of Common Land, which is a type of green space

• the change in environmental effects as a result of the new design

The consultation runs from October 13 to November 12.

Feedback will be used by Highways England to develop its application for a Development Consent Order to be submitted early next year.

All plans will be available via www.highwaysengland.co.uk/a417-missing-link from October 13.