A417 Missing Link Supplementary Consultation - October 2020

Closed 12 Nov 2020

Opened 13 Oct 2020

Results updated 7 Jan 2022

In June 2021 our proposals for the A417 Missing Link were accepted for formal examination by the Planning Inspectorate.

This signifies a huge step towards delivering a landscape-led highways scheme that will provide a safe and resilient free-flowing road while conserving and enhancing where possible the special character of the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Next steps

The Planning Inspectorate will examine the Development Consent Order (DCO) application through written representation and public hearings. They will then review all the evidence and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State for Transport, who has the final decision on whether the scheme should go ahead.   

The examination and decision-making process will take over a year. You can find our more information about this process and how to get involved on the Planning Inspectorate’s website.

Our application

You can  view our full application on the Planning Inspectorate’s website and you’ll also find a links to some useful documents, including a summary of the 2020 consultation, and the full consultation report, below.



Investing in your roads

At Highways England we believe in a connected country and our network makes these connections happen. We strive to improve our major roads and motorways – engineering the future to keep people moving today and moving better tomorrow.

We want to make sure all our major roads are more dependable, durable and, most importantly, safe. That’s why we’re investing in our network as part of the government’s 2015-2020 Road Investment Strategy  to ensure it can deliver the performance needed to support road users in the 21st century.

The A417 is a critical part of this investment that aims  to to improve journeys between Brockworth and Cowley, which will in turn benefit the local and regional economy. We are committed to delivering the A417 Missing Link scheme, with the support of central government, who confirmed funding as part of their 2020 - 2025 Road Investment Strategy

Our proposals

The A417/A419 provides an important route between Gloucester, Cheltenham and Swindon that helps connect the West Midlands and the north to the south of England via the M5 and M4 motorways. While most of the A417 route is dual carriageway, there is one section that isn’t. Known as the Missing Link, this three-mile stretch of single carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout severely restricts the flow of traffic.

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.

Since our last consultation in 2019, we’ve made some changes to the scheme’s design which will further enhance local connectivity and accessibility and reduce the scheme’s impact on communities, the environment and the local landscape. You can view our response to our 2019 public consultation here

Now it’s your chance to have a further say on our updated proposals. Over the next four weeks between 13 October and 12 November 2020 we are consulting further on our proposals to improve the A417 Missing Link, a single lane stretch of carriageway between the Brockworth bypass and Cowley roundabout in Gloucestershire. While we welcome feedback on the entire scheme, the changes we’re 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. We’re also consulting on the change in environmental effects as a result of the new design. For further information see pages 17-21 of our supplementary consultation brochure.

All of our consultation materials related to this supplementary public consultation can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Share your views

You can have your say on our proposals by completing our consultation questionnaire by clicking the link below.   

Share Your Views


Alternatively, you can send us your views using the following methods:

How to get involved

These are unprecedented times in terms of public health and Covid-19. In order to keep our staff and members of the public safe, we’ve taken our supplementary public consultation online. We’ve tried to ensure that information is accessible to all, and that people can easily respond and give feedback. For the most up-to-date information about what we’re doing and how you can get involved, visit our scheme webpage or call us on 0300 183 5000.

As well as reading our Supplementary Consultation Brochure, we’d encourage you to visit our online exhibition room and use its web chat function to speak to members of our Project Team.

Online exhibition and web chat

To keep everyone safe, we’re currently unable to hold local events. One of the best ways to find out about our proposals is to visit our online exhibition room and join our web chat. Here, you can learn more about the changes, study detailed plans and put your questions to our team via our webchat function. Click here to access our online consultation exhibition. 

There are dedicated times when you can chat with members of the Project Team who will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Date Time
Tuesday 13 October 2020 11am - 2pm
Tuesday 13 October 2020 6pm - 8pm
Friday 16 October 2020 8am - 11am 
Friday 16 October 2020 4pm - 7pm
Saturday 17 October 2020 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 20 October 2020 11am - 2pm 
Thursday 22 October 2020 6pm - 9pm
Saturday 24 October 2020 1pm - 4pm
Tuesday 27 October 2020 8am - 11am
Thursday 29 October 2020 2pm - 5pm 
Monday 2 November 2020 10am - 1pm 
Monday 2 November 2020 6pm - 9pm 
Wednesday 4 November 2020 4pm - 7pm
Saturday 7 November 2020 9am - 1pm
Tuesday 10 November 2020 8am - 11am 
Tuesday 10 November 2020 6pm - 9pm
Thursday 12 November 2020 8am - 11am 

Online Q&A events

We’re also hosting five live question and answer events on Microsoft Teams with our Project Team, focusing on different topics and specialist areas. At these events, our Project Team will give a short presentation and then take questions from attendees. You can submit your questions using the chat function, which can be used anonymously. To register for one of these events email: a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk.

If you would like access to a British Sign Language interpreter during any of our online Q&A events you can through SignLive, the online video interpreting service that allows Deaf people to communicate with anyone, anywhere and at any time by connecting them with a qualified interpreter. For more information, visit SignLive online at https://signlive.co.uk/

Subject Date and time
Safety, traffic and engineering

Monday 19 October 2020, 9.30am - 11am

Landscape, wildlife and habitats Tuesday 20 October 2020, 9.30am - 11am
Local access and public rights of way

Wednesday 21 October 2020, 9.30am - 11am

Land, property, business and tourism

Thursday 22 October 2020, 9.30am - 11am

Looking ahead: DCO submission, examination and construction 

Friday 23 October 2020, 9.30am - 11am

Consultation materials

Supporting materials related to this supplementary consultation can be accessed at the bottom of this page, however paper copies are also available upon request. Contact our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 or email a417missinglink@highwaysengland.co.uk and we will send these to you free of charge.

You can view our Preliminary Environmental Information (PEI) Report on this page. If you would like to order copies of these documents you can request them from our Customer Contact Centre on 0300 123 5000 to arrange payment. These can incur a cost of up to £200 per document (including printing, postage and VAT); we will provide more details should you require a copy of any of these documents.

Suggested reading

Below is a list of suggested reading materials to help support your understanding of our proposals.

Document  Purpose
A417 Missing Link public consultation brochure Summarises the consultation and explains how you
can have your say
A417 Missing Link: Responding to feedback: public consultation 2019 Summarises how the feedback we received during public consultation in 2019 has shaped our plans for the A417 Missing Link scheme. Responds to common questions asked during public consultation
Preliminary Environmental
Information Report
Sets out how we’re assessing the potential
environmental effects of the design changes made
since autumn 2019, and the measures we’ll take to
reduce any impact

Why your views matter

Supplementary preliminary design consultation

We’ve listened to your feedback from our 2019 consultation and have made some changes to the scheme. These changes will further enhance local connectivity, accessibility and reduce the scheme’s impact on communities, the environment and the local landscape. Now is your chance to have a further say on our updated proposals. We’re now seeking your views on the following:

  • Key new crossings: Cotswold Way and Gloucestershire Way crossings  
  • The change in gradient of the A417 as it climbs Crickley Hill
  • The design of Cowley junction
  • The rerouting of the B4070 to Birdlip via Barrow Wake
  • The improvements we’ve made for walkers, cyclists and horse riders, including disabled users
  • The replacement of Common Land

We also want feedback on our Preliminary Environmental Information Report, which sets out how we’re assessing and mitigating the potential environmental effects of the scheme, including the design changes.

Background to public consultation

Options consultation

The proposals that we put forward as part of our options consultation, held in February and March 2018, followed extensive investigation of possible route options. This involved assessing route options against the scheme’s vision and objectives, as well as a range of engineering, economic and financial criteria. As a result of this assessment two route options were proposed at consultation, Option 12 and Option 30. 

Overall, the majority of respondents agreed that the A417 Missing Link is in need of improvement to address the problems experienced by all road users. Almost three quarters of respondents also agreed that Option 30 presented the best opportunity for meeting the scheme’s objectives.

Preferred Route Announcement

We published our Preferred Route Announcement for the proposed A417 Missing Link, known as Option 30 in March 2019, and then began developing the design as part of our work towards submitting an application for consent from the Secretary of State for Transport. To learn more about our preferred route, please see the documents below. For more information on the development of the project and to subscribe to regular updates, please visit the A417 Missing Link scheme webpage.

Preliminary design consultation

Between September and November 2019 we undertook a preliminiary design public consultation where we sought your views on our detailed proposals for improving the A417 Missing Link. This was an opportunity to give your views and where appropriate, help us develop our proposals further. Your feedback was important to us in shaping our proposals. Our response to feedback from our 2019 consultation can be accessed here


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