A ROAD WELL-TRAVELLED …..
There are great advantages to being located where we are, right on the Gloucester Road near Stroud, in the very charming village of Edge – the heart of the Cotswolds. Not surprisingly the busy road that brings so many hungry travellers, walkers and sightseers our way here at the Inn – the A4173 – takes a bit of a beating, and it needs some TLC now and again.
If you’ve travelled the road recently you’ll probably have noticed that some work has been carried out on drainage repairs, clearing vegetation and making some safety improvements. This is because the Department for Transport has identified the A4173 highway as a major road that needs an investment to improve and “future proof” it.
Living in Edge, as we do, we can’t help but agree that this essential route that carries commuters, locals and visitors alike, between Stroud and Gloucester is in a bad state. We’re pleased that something’s being done; after all, passing trade is our livelihood and we do love showing off our lovely village and views of the Painswick valley to visitors.
We’ve been alerted to the fact that the next phase in the improvement of our highway will be resurfacing five miles of the carriageway, between the A46 and Whaddon. This work is scheduled to take place between April 10 and May 23, so all being well it will be over and done with before the height of summer.
WEEKDAY ROAD CLOSURES
- While the work is in progress this stretch of road will be closed to through traffic every day (excluding weekends and bank holiday) from 7.30am to 5.30pm. Pedestrians can still walk along the route, and there will be a signed diversion for lorries in place.
- Each end of the closed section will be manned during the day by gatemen who will monitor comings and goings for those who need local access, so our customers may well be stopped and questioned about their destination.
- The Gloucestershire County Council has very wisely decided to carry out the work in six sections. We’ve been informed that the Edgemoor Inn (designated Section 2) will be affected directly on April 11 and 12, and again between April 30 and May 2.
Until this very necessary work is completed, there will be a bit of inconvenience for those driving the route, but hopefully everyone will be patient and realize that the new hard-wearing surface with high skid resistance that is being applied to the road will make it safer and far easier to drive on in the long term.
We’ll be open for business as usual for the duration of the roadworks, and hope to see you for a drink and a tasty meal.
There’s more information about the improvement scheme on the Gloucestershire County Council website.
If you’re planning a trip our way and are confused about access, give us a call (01452 813576) in advance for the latest information on the roadworks. We’ve been assured we’ll be updated on a daily basis.