Full A417 overnight closures start tonight on key stretch

Drivers using one of the busiest stretches of the A417 in Gloucestershire will face diversions overnight this week, starting tonight (Monday, June 3). The stretch of road from the A46 Brockworth junction to the Air Balloon roundabout will be shut from 9pm to 6am this week.

It's part of the major road-building project that will see a new 3.4m dual-carriageway built between the Air Balloon and Cowley roundabouts, due to open in spring 2027. Work has been taking place on the Crickley Hill stretch and continues this week overnight.

Northbound motorists will be sent on an official diversion via the A435 and the A40. Southbound traffic will be signposted to follow the same route in advance - access for residents and emergency vehicles will be in place.

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Full list of closures for A417 Missing Link

  • Monday 3 to Thursday 6 June , 9pm to 6am - A417 full overnight closure, A46 Brockworth junction to Air Balloon roundabout

  • Friday 7 June to Monday 10 June - full weekend closure between the A436 Air Balloon roundabout and Seven Springs roundabout from 9pm on Friday 7 June until 6am on the Monday

  • Monday 17 to Friday 21 June , 9pm to 6am - A417 full overnight closure, A429 Burford Road junction to Air Balloon roundabout

  • Monday 24 to Thursday 27 June , 9pm to 6am - A417 full overnight closure, A429 Burford Road junction to Air Balloon roundabout

  • Friday 28 June to Monday 1 July - full weekend closure between A429 Burford Road junction to Air Balloon roundabout from 9pm on Friday 28 June until 6am on the Monday

  • Monday 1 July - Stockwell Lane full closure in place for 18 months. The lane will not be accessible during this time. This is to prepare for construction of the new road and bridge building at this location.

The new bypass will provide full dual-carriageway access from the M4 at Swindon to the M5 at Brockworth, ending the notorious single-carriageway stretch around Birdlip.

The Air Balloon and Cowley roundabouts will remain, but for local traffic. Motorists will be able to drive from Gloucester to Swindon on the A417/419 with no junctions, roundabouts or traffic lights.

You can find out more about the scheme and the construction process on National Highways’ website, by visiting here. National Highways recently launched a new interactive online portal called Build hub. The portal is dedicated to the A417 Missing Link project and has all the latest news, including what we’re doing out in the community. You can view diversion maps, ask questions, and find out about the work taking place. You can access the portal.

Drone operator Gerry Watkins has been kind enough to share his six-minute video taken high above the ongoing roadworks, which will transform road travel in Gloucestershire. You can see his video at the top of this article