A417 and A419

One of the few new cross-country routes created in recent years, the A417 and A419 together form a strategic link between the M4 and M5, connecting Swindon, Cirencester, Cheltenham and Gloucester, and longer distance destinations via the two motorway corridors.

From Swindon to the Air Balloon Roundabout south of Cheltenham, the dual carriageway follows the line of Ermin Way, a Roman Road that lends the route a remarkably straight course as it bounces across the hills of south Gloucestershire. There are gentle deviations left and right in various places to provide a bypass for the occasional town or village, but the road noticeably returns to the same straight line after each one.

Around Cirencester, the route gets itself into a bit of a tangle. The physical road itself is extremely simple - the dual carriageway continues non-stop around the town on a modern bypass. But its number gets a bit lost. This is where the changeover occurs between A417 and A419, but the A417 travelling in from the south-east doesn't have a junction with the bypass, so the A417 appears to be discontinuous. There is also a section of the bypass, between Driffield Cross Roads and Burford Road, where it would be hard to argue that either number could apply.

Because this route seems only to have had attention paid to it relatively recently, it's not quite finished. On the A417, there is an obvious gap near the Gloucester end of the route. Here the road becomes single carriageway for three steeply sloped and twisting miles, culminating in the Air Balloon Roundabout at the bottom of the hill where the road doubles back on itself. Highways England now has plans to fix this - but it won't be an easy job.

Start
Gloucester
End
Swindon
Passes
Cheltenham, Cirencester
Connects to
Length
33 miles

Exit list

Junction   Northbound               Southbound  
M5 J11A Brockworth
The MIDLANDS
Tewkesbury
M5 Link
The SOUTH WEST
Bristol
M5 Link
Gloucester
A417






M5
NORTH
A417






M5
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
Shurdington
Cheltenham
A46
A46 A46 Shurdington
Cheltenham
A46
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
LanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
   
Road is below standard for 3 miles
 
42.6 km Cowley
Brimpsfield
Cowley
Brimpsfield
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
5 miles, 2 lanes 5 miles, 2 lanes
33.2 km Daglington
Stratton



(A435)
Daglington
Stratton
(A435)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
28.2 km Northleach
Cirencester
A429
Stratton
(A435)
A429
(A433)
(A435)
A429


B4425
Cirencester
Tetbury
Bath
Northleach
A429 (A433)
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
22.9 km A419 becomes A417
Cirencester
Stroud (A433)
Tetbury
A419
A419
(A433)



A417 becomes A419
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
21.5 km South Cerney
Ashton Keynes
B4696
B4696 South Cerney
Ashton Keynes
B4696
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes  
17.9 km Latton
LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 4 miles, 2 lanes
16.6 km Cricklade
B4040
B4040 Cricklade
B4040
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
4 miles, 2 lanes 1.5 miles, 2 lanes
14.9 km Castle Eaton
LanesLanesLanesLanes
  2.5 miles, 2 lanes
10.8 km Swindon (N & W)
A4311
Broad Blunsdon
B4019


A4311
B4019 Swindon (N & W)
A4311
Broad Blunsdon
B4019
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
2 miles, 2 lanes 2 miles, 2 lanes
7.6 km Stratton St Margaret
B4143
Highworth A361
B4143 A361 Stratton St Margaret
B4143
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
5.6 km Swindon (E)
A4312
Oxford
A420
A4312 A420 Swindon (E & Cen)
A4312
Oxford
A420
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
3 miles, 2 lanes 3 miles, 2 lanes
1.4 km Swindon (S & Cen)
A4259
Liddington
B4192
A4259 B4192 Swindon (S)
A4259
Liddington
B4192
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
1 mile, 2 lanes 1 mile, 2 lanes
M4 J15
0.0 km
N/A M4









A346
SOUTH
M4








London
Newbury
M4 Link
Marlborough A346
SOUTH WALES
Bristol
M4 Link
LanesLanesLanesLanes LanesLanesLanesLanes
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