Crickley Hill and the A417 road improvement scheme


The traffic problems on the A417 as it passes Crickley Hill are well known and have blighted the area for many years. We recognise the need to reduce the congestion and number of collisions on this stretch of road and solve the problem of the ‘missing link’.

At present the road divides Crickley Hill from Barrow Wake, Kilkenny and other key wildlife sites along the Cotswold escarpment. 

Reconnecting the landscape 

We believe Highways England’s proposal to improve this section of the road present an opportunity to also reconnect the landscape improving habitats for nature as well as bringing benefits for people who wish to explore Crickley Hill and the wider landscape.

It is important that the improvements from the road scheme include benefits for nature, and benefits for those who wish to explore the open countryside of the Cotswolds escarpment and at the same time remove the damage caused by the existing road.

Nationally Important

Crickley Hill is important for its nationally significant Iron-Age hill fort, its wildlife and ancient woodland and a wide variety of habitats – part of the hill is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.

The National Trust jointly owns Crickley Hill with Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust. 

Together we have raised significant concerns about the proposed options for the road improvement. We would like to see the road given better funding to Highways England can deliver their vision for a scheme that brings benefits for the environment, for the local community, for tourism and for all those who use the road.

Latest updates

13 Nov 18

Highways England webchats

Highways England is hosting three live web chats, giving you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have regarding proposals for the A417. These will take place on Wednesday 28 November, Wednesday 30 January and Wednesday 27 February, between 12.30-1.30pm.

Join the webchats by clicking here

The A417 approaching Crickley Hill from Gloucester

28 Mar 18

Full response to the A417 consultation

We have raised significant concerns about Highways England's proposed options to improve the A417 at the Air Balloon roundabout. If you would like to read our full response to the consultation, you can download it from here:

Read our response here

Traffic queuing at the A417 Air Balloon Roundabout next to Crickley Hill

15 Feb 18

Our views on the route options in the consultation

We have significant concerns about the options put forward to improve the A417. Together with our partners, Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, we have produced a response to Highways England's consultation on the route options for the A417 improvement.

Read our response here.

The view west takes in the Malverns and distant Black Mountains.