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Live – Loose horses and broken down vehicle on A417 cause Sunday slowdown

Live – Loose horses and broken down vehicle on A417 cause Sunday slowdown

Reports of slow-moving traffic are building on the A417 today (Sunday, July 25), with loose animals and a broken-down vehicle bringing motorists on the major Gloucestershire route to a crawl. Several horses were said to be running free in the road at around 11.15am.

These two incidents are largely affecting traffic around Crickley Hill and Maisemore on the A417 this Sunday, with drivers negotiating loose animals and a lane closure on a bottleneck part of the well-travelled route. The lane closure on the A417 near Crickley Hill is affecting drivers approaching the infamous Air Balloon Roundabout chokepoint.


The traffic sensors for both incidents read: “Maisemore. Reports of horses on road on A417 near Old Road. Traffic is coping well. Reports of several horses running loose in the road.

“Crickley Hill. One lane closed and very slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on A417 Crickley Hill Eastbound between A46 Shurdington Road (Brockworth) and the A436 (Air Balloon Roundabout, Birdlip).

This is a live incident. Follow our liveblog below for more information.

Queues remain but travel time is improving

The additional travel time on this route of the A417 has reduced by five minutes to ten minutes, according to traffic sensors.

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Air Balloon delays lengthen

The time it is taking drivers to make it through the Air Balloon Roundabout has grown.

It is now taking drivers an additional 15 minutes to drive along the route as queues lengthen.

Queues worsening

A day of disruption for A417 motorists is continuing, now with long delays for every driver using the Air Balloon Roundabout. The earlier delays have caused northbound traffic to queue from the roundabout, past Birdlip, and all the way back to near Elkstone.

A417 delays continue in northbound direction

Currently, queues at the Air Balloon Roundabout are adding 10 minutes to journey times.

Inrix reads:

A417 – BIRDLIP – NORTHBOUND – GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Slow traffic on A417 Northbound from Birdlip down hill to A436 Air Balloon Roundabout. Travel time is ten minutes.

Long queues remain around Air Balloon

Despite the A417 route being cleared of incidents, heavy traffic remains around the Air Balloon Roundabout.

Crickley Hill lane re-opens ‘traffic easing’

With the broken-down vehicle removed and lanes now open, traffic is returning to normal.

Inrix reads:

A417 CRICKLEY HILL – BROCKWORTH – EASTBOUND – GLOUCESTERSHIRE

All lanes open and traffic easing, broken down vehicle removed on A417 Crickley Hill Eastbound between A46 Shurdington Road ( Brockworth ) and the A436 (Air Balloon Roundabout, Birdlip).

Slow traffic from Crickley Hill lane closure spreading

The closed lane on the A417 at Crickley Hill is having a knock-on effect on nearby routes.

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Traffic sensors show slow traffic backing up southwards, affecting motorists driving through Birdlip village.

Horses now removed from the road

The horses in Maisemore that were causing delays have now been cleared from the A417.

Traffic sensor Inrix reads:

A417 – MAISEMORE – GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Horses no longer on road on A417 near Old Road. Reports of several horses running loose in the road.

Where are the loose horses?

Horses have been reported running loose on the A417 near Maisemore.

A417 lane closure near Crickley Hill

One of the main causes of the slowdown on the A417 this Sunday is the lane closure eastboud due to a broken-down vehicle.

It is mainly causing traffic to build around Ullenwood and Birdlip, with drivers reduced to a crawl.

  • June 25, 2023