The Cotswolds Conservation Board welcomes today's news on the A417

Chairman of the Cotswolds Conservation Board, Jeff West, has welcomed the news today that an examination of the A417 has been included in the Government’s major roads investment scheme for the South West and that any solution should take account of the sensitive environmental conditions of that area.

“We are delighted with today’s announcement by Government that an examination will be undertaken to find a much-needed solution for the current problems with the A417, which will take account of both the economic importance of this route as well as the environmental sensitivity of the area.

The point at which the A417 crosses the Cotswold escarpment is one of its most sensitive locations in terms of landscape, archaeology and ecology. It is also one of the most heavily visited areas of the Cotswold countryside. We therefore support the need for appropriate investment in a major road improvement scheme, and we are looking forward to working with the Highways Agency, County Council and the national environmental agencies to take a fresh look at all possible options to ensure that the chosen scheme delivers real benefits for the Cotswolds landscape and its communities.”

In a recent letter to the Conservation Board, Cotswolds MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown lent his support to the Board and its aims. He said: “I believe the Board takes a very sensible approach to the current problems with the A417.” He further indicated that he was very happy to work with the Board and all concerned to secure an acceptable design that would have the least impact on the environmental, social and conservation landscape.