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Gloucestershire
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Primary Destinations
Bristol • Cheltenham • Cirencester • Gloucester
Other Important Destinations
Avonmouth • Stow-on-the-Wold • Stroud • Tewkesbury
Current Highway Authorities
Bristol City Council • Gloucestershire County Council • South Gloucestershire Council
Borders
Berkshire • Herefordshire • Monmouthshire • Oxfordshire • Somerset • Warwickshire • Wiltshire • Worcestershire
Highways England Roads
M4 • M5 • M32 • M48 • M49 • M50 • A4 • A40 • A46 • A417 • A419
This article is about the county.
For the highway authority, see Gloucestershire Council
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Gloucestershire is a traditional county in southwest England situated at the mouth of the River Severn.

Geography & Economy

A417 towards the Cotswold escarpment

The River Severn cuts Gloucestershire into two unequal halves, forming a wide valley separating the Forest of Dean from the rest of the county. The eastern side of the county is dominated by the Cotswolds. Despite its apparent distance from the sea, Gloucestershire has two once-important ports, Bristol and Gloucester; the latter has the furthest inland docks used by sea-going vessels in the country, whilst shipping using the former now generally berth at Avonmouth.

Gloucestershire is known for cheese, which is still produced, whilst the Cotswolds are known for wool. Traditional industries in the Forest of Dean are forestry and mining, although the latter is now limited to a few small collieries. Cheltenham is known for horse racing and culture as well as being the location of GCHQ. Tourism is important; the county's two upland areas are tourist attractions in general whilst other places of interest include Berkeley Castle and the Wildfowl & Wetland Trust in Slimbridge.

Roads

Severn Bridge

The county's roads network is heavily influenced by its geography. The Severn Valley is well served, whilst the north of the county has a network radiating from the county town of Gloucester. There are few bridges over the Severn meaning getting to the Forest of Dean and beyond to South Wales is difficult; prior to the opening of the then-M4 (now M48) Severn Bridge in 1966 traffic had to cross the river at Gloucester or queue for the Aust Ferry. Although both ends of the bridge are in Gloucestershire there is no access to the county at the western end and traffic must continue across the Wye into Wales. A few roads cross the Cotswolds, most notably the A40 and A417/A419, but following the hills is difficult. The A46 used to follow a winding route between Cheltenham and Stratford-upon-Avon but this has now been renumbered B4632.

Most non-trunk roads within the county are maintained by Gloucestershire County Council, with the south maintained by the Unitary South Gloucestershire Council and Bristol City Council. Highways England maintain the county's 6 motorways, together with the A40 heading west as well as the A417/A419 and A46 heading east; the latter reappears in the south heading towards Bath.

Route From To Length
A3029 Bedminster Hotwells 1.5 miles View
A3400 Monkspath Over Norton 34.7 miles View
A361 Ilfracombe Kilsby 213 miles View
A38 Bodmin Mansfield 309.8 miles View
A38 Kings Head, Highridge, Bristol Almondsbury Interchange 309.8 miles View
A4 London Avonmouth 129.8 miles View
A40 London Fishguard 263 miles View
A40 Cheltenham Spa Ross on Wye View
A4013 Benhall Arle 1.5 miles View
A4015 Imperial Square Lansdown Road 0.3 miles View
A4017 Bromley Heath Kingswood 3.7 miles View
A4018 Bristol Cribbs Causeway 6.1 miles View
A4019 Coombe Hill Cheltenham 4.8 miles View
A4020 Beeches Green Cairnscross 0.8 miles View
A403 Avonmouth Aust 8.4 miles View
A4032 Bristol Parkway Bristol City Centre 0.7 miles View
A4044 St James Barton Redcliff 1.2 miles View
A407 Hambrook Downend 2 miles View
A4096 Stonehouse Claypits 3.5 miles View
A4105 Bath Road Lansdown Road 0.3 miles View
A4116 Stroud Cirencester 12.8 miles View
A4135 Tetbury Slimbridge 12.9 miles View
A4136 Huntley Monmouth 16.6 miles View
A4150 Gloucester Mean Ham 0.8 miles View
A4151 Elton Nailbridge 5.2 miles View
A4162 Sea Mills Westbury-on-Trym 1.7 miles View
A417 Streatley Hope under Dinmore 97.5 miles View
A4171 Cainscross Badbrook 1.1 miles View
A4172 Trumpet Preston Cross 2.8 miles View
A4173 Tuffley Pitchcombe 5.4 miles View
A4174 Filton Bedminster 16.5 miles View
A4175 Hicks Gate Staple Hill 8.1 miles View
A4176 Hotwells Durdham Down 1.2 miles View
A419 Swindon Whitminster 35.5 miles View
A420 Headington, Oxford Bristol 79.5 miles View
A424 Burford Bourton-on-the-Hill 15.8 miles View
A429 Stanton St Quintin Coventry 73.7 miles View
A430 Quedgeley (N) Kingsholm 4.7 miles View
A430 Chippenham Bristol 23.3 miles View
A4301 Westgate Gyratory, Gloucester Bristol Road, Gloucester 0.8 miles View
A4302 Eastern Avenue Bruton Way 0.9 miles View
A431 St George, Bristol Lower Weston, Bath 9.2 miles View
A432 Bristol Old Sodbury 13.7 miles View
A4320 Baptist Mills Arno's Vale 2.0 miles View
A433 Dunkirk Cirencester 16.7 miles View
A434 Malmesbury Hardwicke 21.4 miles View
A435 Birmingham Cirencester 61.1 miles View
A436 Air Balloon Chastleton 25.8 miles View
A437 Highnam, Gloucester Newport 41 miles View
A438 Ashchurch Pont-y-bat 60.6 miles View
A44 Oxford Aberystwyth 155 miles View
A449 Stafford Coldra, Newport 108 miles View
A46 Bath Cleethorpes 223 miles View
A466 King's Thorn Chepstow Interchange 30 miles View
A48 Highnam, Gloucester Carmarthen 119 miles View
Akeman Street St Albans Cirencester View
B3123 Hotwell Road Triangle 0.5 miles View
B3125 Clifton Redland 0.9 miles View
B3127 St Andrew's Road Avonmouth Dock 0.3 miles View
B3129 Flax Bourton Clifton, Bristol 5.3 miles View
B4008 Quedgeley (N) Cainscross 8.9 miles View
B4014 Malmesbury(NE) Nailsworth 10.8 miles View
B4023 Air Balloon Andoversford 6.3 miles View
B4024 Tillers Green Much Marcle 2.6 miles View
B4025 Church Lane Marlpit Lane 0.3 miles View
B4028 Coleford Edge End 1.9 miles View
B4035 Banbury Evesham 30.7 miles View
B4039 Acton Turville Allington 6.6 miles View
B4040 Old Sodbury(E) Cricklade 25.4 miles View
B4045 Keynsham Willsbridge, Bitton 1.3 miles View
B4046 Kingswood Hanham 1.1 miles View
B4047 Warmley Fishponds 2.9 miles View
B4048 Fishponds Two Mile Hill 1.4 miles View
B4049 Lawrence Hill Fishponds 2.9 miles View
B4050 Bristol city centre St Agnes, Bristol 1.0 mile View
B4051 Clifton Triangle Stapleton Road 2.0 miles View
B4052 Ashley Down St Paul's 1.3 miles View
B4053 Temple Circus Colston Avenue 0.7 miles View
B4053 Colston Avenue Stokes Croft 0.8 miles View
B4054 Redland Avonmouth 5.1 miles View
B4055 Westbury on Trym Northwick 7.6 miles View
B4056 Henleaze, Bristol Filton 2.6 miles View
B4057 Shirehampton Winterbourne 9.7 miles View
B4058 Eastville, Bristol Nailsworth 25.2 miles View
B4059 Earthcott Green Yate 5.8 miles View
B4060 Chipping Sodbury Cam 14.9 miles View
B4061 Alveston Whitfield 4.7 miles View
B4062 Renishaw works near Wotton under Edge Kingswood 0.7 miles View
B4063 Gloucester Arle Court roundabout, Cheltenham 5.7 miles View
B4063 Wotton under Edge Symonds Hall 3.4 miles View
B4064 Pilning Severn Beach 1.9 miles View
B4064 Wotton under Edge Cam 5.2 miles View
B4065 The Quarry Kingshill, Dursley 0.6 miles View
B4066 Dudbridge, Stroud Sharpness Docks 15.6 miles View
B4066 Tetbury Cambridge 12.9 miles View
B4067 Market Place London Road 1.1 miles View
B4068 Stow-on-the-Wold Naunton Downs 7.9 miles View
B4068 Stone Berkeley Heath 4.2 miles View
B4069 The Quarry Berkeley Road 1.5 miles View
B4069 Cirencester Stroud 12.8 miles View
B4070 Stroud Birdlip 12.8 miles View
B4070 Stonehouse Claypits 3.5 miles View
B4071 Fromebridge Saul 2.6 miles View
B4072 Bristol Road, Gloucester Tuffley 1.5 miles View
B4073 Painswick Gloucester 5.7 miles View
B4074 Barnwood Longlevens 0.6 miles View
B4075 Evesham Road London Road 2.5 miles View
B4076 Lansdown Road High Street 1.2 miles View
B4077 Teddington Hands Stow on the Wold 15.7 miles View
B4078 Winchcombe Sedgeberrow 7.4 miles View
B4079 Oxenton Bredon 3.8 miles View
B4080 Tewkesbury Defford 7.8 miles View
B4081 Cross Hands Mickleton 5.4 miles View
B4208 Staunton Newland 14.0 miles View
B4211 Hartpury Great Malvern 17.7 miles View
B4213 Staunton Highfield 7.2 miles View
B4215 Preston Cross Highnam 13.9 miles View
B4216 Ledbury Huntley 12.9 miles View
B4221 Ross on Wye Newent 7.4 miles View
B4222 Lea Kilcot 3.9 miles View
B4223 Monmouth Huntley 16.6 miles View
B4224 Hereford Mitcheldean 18.5 miles View
B4226 Cinderford Coleford 5.6 miles View
B4226 Cinderford Elton 3.8 miles View
B4227 Ruspidge Broadmoor, Cinderford 1.9 miles View
B4228 Tutshill Staunton 13.0 miles View
B4231 Trow Green Lydney 5.5 miles View
B4234 Ross on Wye Lydney 16.8 miles View
B4425 Burford Stratton 14.1 miles View
B4426 Bitton Bridgeyate 2.3 miles View
B4426 Chesterton Lane Victoria Road 0.7 miles View
B4427 Rudgeway Hambrook 6.1 miles View
B4428 Berkeley Sharpness 2.8 miles View
B4428 Chesterton(W) Kemble Airfield 3.4 miles View
B4431 Staunton Blakeney 9.6 miles View
B4432 Five Acres Broadwell 1.0 mile View
B4432 Marian's Inclosure Tutshill 12.9 miles View
B4450 Stow-on-the-Wold(E) Chipping Norton 8.9 miles View
B4461 Aust Alveston 4.2 miles View
B4465 Lawrence Hill, Bristol Dodington Ash 12.9 miles View
B4466 Canon's Marsh Clifton Triangle 0.4 miles View
B4467 Victoria Park Clifton Down 0.7 miles View
B4468 Durdham Down Horfield Common 2.0 miles View
B4469 Horfield Whitehall 2.7 miles View
B4479 Bourton on the Hill Charingworth 5.3 miles View
B4509 Wickwar Falfield 4.6 miles View
B4632 Cheltenham Stratford-upon-Avon 29.3 miles View
B4633 Lansdown Road High Street 1.1 miles View
B4634 Staverton Bridge Uckington 2.7 miles View
B4641 Brockworth Interchange Gloucester Business Park 0.7 miles View
B4650 Cirencester Faringdon 18.3 miles View
B4696 Royal Wootton Bassett(NW) South Cerney 9.4 miles View
E105 London Fishguard 253 miles View
E116 Birmingham Plymouth 205 miles View
E30 Cork Felixstowe 541.2 miles View
Ermin Street Silchester Gloucester View
Fosse Way Exeter Lincoln 207.75 miles View
The Longest Lane Hyde Park Corner, Westminster St George's Circus, Southwark 297.8 miles View
M32 Winterbourne Easton 4.5 miles View
M4 Chiswick, Middlesex Pont Abraham, Carmarthenshire 191.9 miles View
M48 Tockington Llanfihangel Rogiet 13 miles View
M49 Avonmouth Redwick 5 miles View
M5 West Bromwich Exeter 166 miles View
M50 Strensham Ross-on-Wye 21 miles View
M96 Moreton-in-Marsh Moreton-in-Marsh 0.17 miles View
NCN4 Greenwich Fishguard View
Outer Circuit Road St Werburgs St Werburgs View
Ryknild Street Bourton on the Water Templeborough 112 miles View
T10 London Fishguard View
T16 Exeter Leeds View
T43 Hungerford Hereford View
T44 Bath Lincoln View
T78 Newport Worcester View 

Key

Motorway
Primary Route
Non Primary Route
Former Motorway
Defunct Route
E Road
Future Motorway
Future Primary
Future Non Primary
Historical Route
Tourist Route
Roman Road
Unbuilt Motorway
Unbuilt Primary
Unbuilt Non Primary
National Cycle Network
Cycle Route
Eurovelo Cycle Route



Gloucestershire
JunctionsAlmondsbury Interchange • Almondsbury Roundabout • Ashchurch Interchange • Aust Interchange • Awkley Interchange • Brockworth Interchange • Bury Court • Cribbs Causeway • Eastville Interchange • Falfield Interchange • Frenchay Interchange • Golden Valley Junction • Hambrook Interchange • Lawrence Weston Interchange • Lower Ashley Road Interchange • M5 J12 • Mirystock Crossroads • Piffs Elm Interchange • Pilning Interchange • Robin Hood Junction (Forest of Dean) • Stroudwater Interchange • Tormarton Interchange • Twyning Interchange
RoadsA3029 • A3400 • A361 • A38 • A38/Through Bristol • A4 • A4/Avonmouth - Bath • A40 • A40/Cheltenham - Ross • A4013 • A4015 • A4017 • A4018 • A4019 • A4020 (Stroud) • A403 • A4032 • A4044 • A407 (Bristol) • A4096 • A4105 (Cheltenham) • A4116 (Gloucestershire) • A4135 • A4136 • A4150 (Gloucester) • A4151 • A4162 • A417 • A4171 • A4172 • A4173 • A4174 • A4175 • A4176 • A419 • A420 • A424 • A429 • A430 • A430 (Chippenham - Bristol) • A4301 • A4302 • A431 • A432 • A4320 • A433 • A434 • A435 • A436 • A437 (Gloucester - Newport) • A438 • A44 • A449 • A46 • A466 • A48 • Akeman Street • B3123 (Bristol) • B3125 • B3127 (Avonmouth) • B3129 • B4008 • B4014 • B4023 (Air Balloon - Andoversford) • B4024 • B4025 (Norton) • B4028 • B4035 • B4039 • B4040 • B4045 (Keynsham) • B4046 • B4047 (Gloucestershire) • B4048 • B4049 • B4050 • B4051 • B4052 • B4053 • B4053 (Colston Street, Bristol) • B4054 • B4055 • B4056 • B4057 • B4058 • B4059 • B4060 • B4061 • B4062 • B4063 • B4063 (Wotton under Edge) • B4064 • B4064 (Wotton under Edge) • B4065 (Gloucestershire) • B4066 • B4066 (Tetbury - Cambridge) • B4067 • B4068 • B4068 (Berkeley) • B4069 (Cam - Berkeley) • B4069 (Cirencester - Stroud) • B4070 • B4070 (Stonehouse - Claypits) • B4071 • B4072 • B4073 • B4074 • B4075 • B4076 (Cheltenham) • B4077 • B4078 • B4079 • B4080 • B4081 • B4208 • B4211 • B4213 • B4215 • B4216 • B4221 • B4222 • B4223 (Monmouth - Huntley) • B4224 • B4226 • B4226 (Cinderford - Elton) • B4227 • B4228 • B4231 • B4234 • B4425 • B4426 (Bristol) • B4426 (Cirencester) • B4427 • B4428 (Berkeley - Sharpness) • B4428 (Kemble) • B4431 • B4432 • B4432 (Coleford - Chepstow) • B4450 • B4461 • B4465 • B4466 • B4467 • B4468 • B4469 • B4479 • B4509 • B4632 • B4633 • B4634 • B4641 • B4650 • B4696 • E105 (London - Fishguard) • E116 (Old System) • E30 • Ermin Street • Fosse Way • Longest Lane • M32 • M4 • M48 • M49 • M5 • M50 • M96 • NCN4 • Outer Circuit Road • Ryknild Street • T10 (Britain) • T16 (Britain) • T43 (Britain) • T44 (Britain) • T78 (Britain)
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