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Roads: Gloucestershire

Volume 468: debated on Thursday 6 December 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport what estimate her Department has made of the likely effect of (a) the new settlement planned at Hunts Grove and (b) the new waste facility planned for Javelin Park on traffic flows on (i) Junction 12 on the M5 and (ii) the B4008. (171005)

The Highways Agency has assessed the likely impact of the proposed Hunts Grove development and estimates that it will increase traffic flows at M5 Junction 12 by 612 and 547 vehicle movements in the morning and afternoon peak hours respectively. The estimated increase in traffic flows on the B4008 is assessed to be an extra 157 and 129 vehicle movements in the morning and afternoon peak hours respectively.

A package of appropriate improvement works to mitigate the effects of the development on Junction 12 has been agreed in principle between the Highways Agency, Gloucestershire county council and the developers. Mitigation works to improve the A38/B4008 Cross Keys Junction have also been agreed in principle between the county and developers.

As soon as a transport assessment is received for the proposed new waste facility planned for Javelin Park then an assessment of the impact on Junction 12 of the M5 and the B4008 can be undertaken.