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A417 east of Gloucester - geograph.org.uk - 586975.jpg
The A417 Brockworth bypass with Gloucester in the distance
Route information
Length96.9 mi[1] (155.9 km)
Major junctions
Southeast endStreatley, Berkshire
51°31′31″N 1°08′57″W / 51.5253°N 1.1493°W / 51.5253; -1.1493
Major intersections M5
Northwest endHope Under Dinmore
52°10′26″N 2°42′55″W / 52.1738°N 2.7153°W / 52.1738; -2.7153
CountryUnited Kingdom
Road network
A416 A418

The A417 is a main road in England running from Streatley, Berkshire to Hope under Dinmore, Herefordshire. It is best known for its section between Cirencester and Gloucester where it has primary status and forms part of the link between the major settlements of Swindon and Gloucester.


When the A417 was first designated in 1922, it ran only from Streatley to Cirencester.[2] In 1935 it was extended to Gloucester, on the former route of the A419, and on to Ledbury and Hope under Dinmore.

There have been numerous upgrades and bypasses, particularly on the primary section. At Faringdon, its traditional route over Folly Hill and down through the market place has been blocked by the more recent development of the A420 and has been diverted to the south. The Birdlip bypass, opened in 1988, avoided a very steep (16%) gradient as the road descended the Cotswold Edge escarpment to Brockworth.

On 31 December 2022, the 200-year old Air Balloon pub at Birdlip closed for the final time before demolition for the road to be upgraded.[3]


Streatley to Gloucester (M5)

The road runs north-west from Streatley at its junction with the A329 (between Reading and Wallingford) then turns west to Wantage, over the picturesque[4] Berkshire Downs. In Wantage, it negotiates the market place (around King Alfred's statue). Soon after leaving Wantage it passes through East Challow village and runs north-west to Faringdon, via Stanford in the Vale. It leads on to Lechlade, where it crosses the River Thames at St. John's Bridge. It then runs past the Cotswold Water Park, through the bottleneck of Fairford to Cirencester and thence to Gloucester.

From the start of the Cirencester bypass to Gloucester, the A417 forms part of a major new dual-carriageway route (A419/A417) connecting the M4 (junction 15) with the M5 at Gloucester (junction 11A). At the A429 roundabout on the older Cirencester bypass, the A417 follows the A429 north for 0.5 miles (0.80 km), then resumes when it joins the newer bypass (which is also the A417). The 6-mile (9.7 km) Cirencester & Stratton Bypass opened on 9 December 1997. This route carries traffic between the ports of the south coast and the industrial Midlands. The 4-mile (6.4 km) dual-carriageway north of Stratton to Nettleton Improvement opened on 16 January 1998.[citation needed] The roundabout at the end of this section often has congestion during peak hours.[citation needed]

The 2-mile (3.2 km) £2.4m single-carriageway Birdlip bypass opened in December 1988. This point, before the Air Balloon roundabout, has a grand vista of the Severn Valley. After the roundabout and the (now demolished) Air Balloon pub, the road turns sharply and there is a steep gradient. This is a bottleneck at peak times, and there are plans for a dual-carriageway section here. These plans were listed within a roads expansion programme pledged during the government's 2014 Autumn Statement for delivery during the following 5–8 years.[5][6][7][needs update] Construction work to complete the 'missing link' between the end of the Brockworth Bypass and Cowley Roundabout began in 2023, with the expected completion date of Spring 2027. The 3-mile (4.8 km) £36m Brockworth Bypass opened in December 1995, and included the new junction 11a of the M5.

Gloucester (M5) to Hope under Dinmore

Through Gloucester, the road overlaps the A40 Gloucester northern bypass, and from the end of this bypass at a roundabout the road goes north-west through the village of Maisemore, past Hartpury College, then through the village of Hartpury. The A417 then passes through the twin villages of Corse and Staunton. It crosses the M50 Ross Spur motorway at junction 2, then meets the Ledbury bypass, where the road noticeably widens out, and has many large roundabouts. Between Gloucester and Ledbury there are many changes of speed limit. From Ledbury it goes west, overlapping the A438, then at a set of traffic lights known as the Trumpet crossroads, the A417 goes north-west along a more high-hedged, narrow road. It meets the A49 at a wide junction at Hope under Dinmore just south of Leominster.


This article contains a bulleted list or table of intersections which should be presented in a properly formatted junction table. Please consult this guideline for information on how to create one. Please improve this article if you can. (December 2021)
A417 (T)
Northbound exits Junction Southbound exits
Ross A40, Ledbury (A417), Chepstow (A48)
Cheltenham A40, Tewkesbury, Bristol (M5)
Elm Bridge Court Start of A417 (T)
Gloucester (A38) Corinium Avenue Roundabout Gloucester (A38)
Local routes Zoons Court Roundabout Local routes
The Midlands M5 M5 J11A No exit or access
The South West Bristol (M5), Gloucester Business Park
Exit only
The SOUTH WEST Bristol (M5)
Cheltenham, Stroud A46 Primrose Vale Cheltenham, Stroud A46
Stow on the Wold A436, Oxford (A40), Cheltenham (East) (A435) Air Balloon Roundabout Stow on the Wold A436, Oxford (A40)
Cowley, Caudle Green, Brimpsfield Cowley Roundabout Cowley, Caudle Green, Brimpsfield
Syde, Winstone, Elkstone Winstone Junction Syde, Winstone, Elkstone
Daglingworth, Bagendon, Perrott's Brook Daglingworth Junction Stratton, Daglingworth, Bagendon, Perrott's Brook
Cirencester, Stow A429, Burford (B4425) Cirencester North Interchange Cirencester, Stow A429, Lechdale (A417)
Start of A417 (T) Cirencester South Interchange Access only
Cirencester Industrial Area, Stroud A419
Exit only
Road becomes A419 (T) to Swindon
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also


  1. ^ "Driving directions to A417". Google Maps. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  2. ^ 1922 road list
  3. ^ "Landmark pub will be demolished to make way for new road". ITV News. 29 December 2022. Retrieved 5 January 2023.
  4. ^ Ditchfield, P. H.; Page, William, eds. (1906). A History of Berkshire, vol. 1. (2 vols.) The Victoria History of the Counties of England. London: Archibald Constable and Co. p. 27. [see also vol. 2 ]
  5. ^ "Major roads investment in the south west". Gov.uk. 1 December 2014. Retrieved 6 December 2014.
  6. ^ "A417 proposals review" (PDF). Gloucestershire Ramblers. October 2019. Retrieved 21 August 2022.
  7. ^ "Unofficial map of proposed routes". Google Maps. Retrieved 21 August 2022.

51°44′47″N 1°58′51″W / 51.74627°N 1.98097°W / 51.74627; -1.98097