Cirencester ring road will be made safer after grass cutting and cleaning during 19 -21 September

Release date: 12 September 2018

The verges on the A419 ring road around Cirencester will soon be undergoing a three-day joint operation (19 to 21 September)  to cut grass, clear litter and sweep surfaces. 

This will include closing the road from the Kings Meadow roundabout to Preston Tollbar from 7:30am to 5pm for a deep clean on the first day of the work (19 September).  Signed diversion routes will be in place and have been developed to accommodate Heavy Goods Vehicle movements

As part of the operation, crews from Cotswold District Council’s waste service provider Ubico Ltd are planning to clear litter from the ring road around Cirencester, immediately following the machines cutting the grass verges. A further machine will then be used to empty roadside gullies. Finally, the entire ring road will be swept by Ubico to remove other debris and the end result should be a much safer – and attractive - stretch of highway for users.

Commenting on the forthcoming operation, Ubico Senior Operations Manager Mike Penney said:

“This will be very much a team effort which will include ourselves and Cotswold District Council.  We can assure the public that the work will be well planned and supervised to reduce disruption to motorists and pedestrians. We carried out a similar joint exercise in June and many people have commented on the improvements at the time, especially the enhanced safety for users.”

His remarks were echoed by Cotswold District Council Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Sue Coakley, who added:

“Long grass on verges can pose great dangers for motorists, especially on very busy routes like the Cirencester ring road, and I am very pleased that work will soon begin to improve visibility.  More generally, I am also very grateful to the Ubico crews for the litter picking that they undertake across the whole District.  Their efforts – combined with those of the public – really do make a difference as we strive to keep the Cotswolds beautiful.”


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