A417 Missing Link

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A417 Missing Link

Received 23 August 2021
From Coberley Parish Council

Representation

Coberley Parish Council (CPC) supports the proposed scheme as the optimum solution to provide the A417 Missing Link between Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout. CPC does however, have a number of concerns which require resolution. The proposed new Ullenwood Junction A436 roundabout Management of traffic flow and volumes at this roundabout: Concerns that congestion, back-up and hazards will continue at this new roundabout, affecting both the A436 in a westerly direction and the Leckhampton Hill Road, in a south-westerly direction. Although the roundabout will be free of the through-traffic on the A417, it will still be subject to the considerable, and growing, daily commuter traffic to/from Cheltenham and to/from Oxford/London direction. Flow from the A417 exit road into this roundabout is likely to be travelling faster, and more uninterrupted, than at present and hence, more hazardous to the traffic entering the roundabout from Leckhampton Hill Road CPC requests that a detailed study be carried out on projected traffic volumes and flows at the roundabout and that mitigating solutions are designed in. Proposed installation of attenuation tanks around the Ullenwood Junction raises concerns at visual impact on the landscape of the area. Also concern regarding potential flooding near this new roundabout, due to water flowing down the new link road from the Shab Hill Junction. Confirmation required that these attenuation tanks will mitigate any such problems. Leckhampton Hill Road (Believe this is now classified as C/377) a small country road, not designed to cope with the heavy commuter traffic which it currently experiences. (It includes hazardous cross roads with Ullenwood Manor Road and Greenway Lane, access to the popular Crickley Hill Country Park, a 27-dwelling property development at Ullenwood Court. Where this road enters the urban area of Cheltenham on Leckhampton Road, there is a busy junction with Old Bath Road, a new housing development at Leckhampton Views, two busy roundabouts at the Church Road/Charlton Lane and Norwood Inn. The whole route is lined with residential properties, with car parking on both sides of the road. It is not suitable for current, let alone, increased commuter traffic. A436 Likely increased speeds on the A436, due to freer flowing traffic, will create greater hazards for dwellings, other premises and the Cowley/Ullenwood crossroads on the A436. CPC requests that the current speed limit of 50 mph is reduced to 40 mph, particularly between east of Oxford Cottages and the new Ullenwood Junction roundabout. Ullenwood/Cowley cross roads on A436. Already a dangerous junction with poor visibility, there will be increased hazard, due to increased speeds and increase in traffic volumes over long term. With the proposed enhancement of the walking, cycling and horse-riding (WCH) facilities as part of the overall scheme, CPC envisages that there will be increased WCH traffic crossing the A436 at this crossroads. Measures must be put in place to slow traffic at this crossroads and to ensure safe crossing for WCH traffic and for motorised traffic either crossing or turning onto the A436. (reduced speed limit, traffic light control or a roundabout). CPC requests that thorough investigation of this crossroads junction is carried out and appropriate mitigating solutions implemented. Noise Pollution Concern about potential noise (and air) pollution due to the new road being nearer to the villages of Coberley, Cowley and Ullenwood. CPC requests that full studies are carried out on potential noise and air quality impact and that Highways England sets out proposals to mitigate noise pollution through the topography of the scheme (cuttings), road surfacing, landscaping (substantial tree-planting).