Press release

£3.2 million improvements start on M5 between Junction 11 and 12 Gloucester

A major cost scheme to improve the M5 between junctions 11 and 12 at Gloucester starts on Monday, November 7.

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The Highways Agency is carrying out works to install additional roadside signs to improve driver information available between junctions 11 - 12 southbound on the M5. This will considerably enhance the provision of the existing variable message signs in place on this stretch of the M5.

The £3.2million scheme is being delivered under the Government’s pinch point programme, which is designed to deliver smaller scale improvements to the strategic road network that will help to stimulate growth in the local economy, relieve congestion and improve safety.

Project sponsor Dave Stock said:

Currently there are few driver information signs on this stretch of the M5.

These signs will provide essential information to travellers and inform them when there are problems ahead, enabling them to react to any changes to road conditions. It also supports travellers with making informed decisions on journey arrangements.

The works have been timed carefully so they can be undertaken at the same time as bridge maintenance works between junctions 10 and 12. This means we can use existing traffic management already in place and there will be very little extra disruption for road users.

During the five month scheme seven new variable message signs (VMS) will be installed between Junction 11 and 12.

In addition to traffic management in place for our M5 Gloucester bridge works maintenance programme an additional three mile section of hard shoulder closures will be required north of Gloucester Painswick Bridge on the southbound carriageway. Details about the bridgeworks can be found on the Highways Agency’s website.

General enquiries

Members of the public should contact the Highways Agency Information Line on 0300 123 5000.

Media enquiries

Journalists should contact the Highways Agency press office on 0844 693 1448 and use the menu to speak to the most appropriate press officer.

Published 7 November 2014