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A40/Cheltenham - Ross

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A40
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From:  Cheltenham (SO956216)
To:  Ross on Wye (SO606255)
Via:  Gloucester
Meets:  A46, B4075, B4633, A4013, B4063, M5, A417, A38, A417, B4215, A48, B4216, A4136, B4222, B4224, B4260, A449, B4234
Old route now:  A38, A417
Counties

Gloucestershire • Herefordshire

Route outline (key)
Arrowwest.jpg West Ross - Abergavenny
A40 Cheltenham – Ross
East Arroweast.jpg Witney - Cheltenham

Cheltenham doesn't seem to have any direct routes through it, the A40 taking what must be three different courses! We travel out of the western side of Cheltenham past the GCHQ "listening post" building to our right. The road now bypasses Staverton and other villages via the Golden Valley bypass, which is a high-grade road with a 3-level junction with the M5 (J11).

Gloucestershire's county town keeps its close neighbour Cheltenham in its place by denying it a proper bypass. Gloucester's own bypass takes the A40, multiplexed with the A38 and A417, round the north of the city and then, (without the A38 which has struck off to Tewkesbury) across the Severn. The A417 then strikes off north to Ledbury and Leominster, and shortly after the A48 strikes off south to Chepstow and South Wales.

Between Gloucester and Ross through traffic is recommended to take the M5–M50 dogleg to avoid this unimproved section skirting the Forest of Dean. Despite this, the A40 is trunk between the M5 and the Herefordshire border.



A40
Sections
Junctions
Knaves Beech Interchange • Shepherds Bush Green • Golden Valley Junction • Holtspur Temporary Terminal • Marble Arch • Marylebone Flyover • Hanger Lane Gyratory • Denham Roundabout • Three Pigeons • Wheatley Interchange • Stokenchurch Interchange • Holborn Circus • Wolvercote Roundabout • Headington Roundabout • Target Roundabout • Hillingdon Circus • Wood Lane • Westway Roundabout • Holland Park Roundabout • Savoy Circus • Gipsy Corner • Perivale • Pyebush Roundabout • Pedestal Roundabout • Cutteslow Roundabout • Greenford Roundabout • Polish War Memorial • Swakeleys Roundabout • Burford Roundabout • Coxs Meadow • Benhall Roundabout • Over Roundabout • Highnam Roundabout • Wilton Roundabout (Ross) • Arle Court Roundabout • Elmbridge Court Roundabout • Ealing Common • Windyhall roundabout • Rafael roundabout • Withybush roundabout • Penblewin roundabout • Brynich roundabout • Salutation Square • Bank • London End Roundabout • Old Beaconsfield Roundabout • Holtspur Roundabout • Eden Roundabout • Abbey Way Gyratory • Tarell roundabout • Hardwick Gyratory • Paddington Interchange • Over Ross Roundabout • Forest Gate Junction • Highnam Corner • Scotchwell roundabout • Oxford Circus • St Giles Circus • Lancaster Gate Gyratory • St Pauls Gyratory • Blackbridge Roundabout • Llanboidy Road Roundabout • Robeston Wathen Roundabout • Canaston Bridge Roundabout • Bridgend Square • Prendergast Roundabout • Asthall Barrow Roundabout • Eynsham Roundabout • Weston Cross • Hildersley Roundabout • Square and Compass • Llandeilo Roundabout • Abergwili Roundabout • Pensarn Roundabout • Travellers Rest (Carmarthen) • Pont Lesneven roundabout • Raglan Roundabout • Raglan Interchange
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A40 - Coppermine - 15894.jpgA40 Westway no lighting - Coppermine - 14695.jpgThe A40 approaching Whitchurch - Geograph - 732909.jpgA40 at Hillingdon - Geograph - 2357958.jpgA40 becomes the A449 and the A40 turns off here - Geograph - 1455636.jpg
Other nearby roads
Cheltenham
Gloucester
Ermin Street • Longest Lane • T10 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • E116 (Old System) • A437 (Gloucester - Newport) • A4150 (Gloucester) • A38 • A4301 • A419 • A430 • B4063 • B4008 • B4072 • B4641 • B4214 • M5 • A4302 • B4074 • A40 • A4173 • B4073 • B4215 • A48 • A417 • T43 (Britain)
Ross-on-Wye
A49 • A449 • A4149 • M50 • B4228 • A4137 • B4260 • B4234 • A4152 • B4221 • A40 • A48 • T43 (Britain) • T78 (Britain) • Herefordshire Cider Route