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The A419 road is a primary route between Chiseldon near Swindon at junction 15 of the M4 with the A346 road, and Whitminster in Gloucestershire, England.

From the M4 to Cirencester it is a dual carriageway road, which generally follows the course of the Roman road Ermin Street, but dualling work completed in the late 1990s, and the bypass of Cirencester, has taken it off-course in some places. The road goes through Cirencester and Stroud then finishes at a roundabout with the A38 close to junction 13 with the M5, close to a Little Chef (useful for M5 drivers as well).

The £4m Stratton St. Margaret (Swindon) Bypass opened in October 1977. The £2.4m Blunsdon-Cricklade Improvement opened in June 1988. The Latton Bypass opened on December 24, 1997. At the start of the Cirencester bypass, the dual carriageway continues as the A417, and the A419 goes from here into the centre of Cirencester.

The A419 is unusual in that it is managed and maintained by a private company, Road Management Group, on behalf of the UK Department for Transport.

Parts of the newly dualled sections road are surfaced in concrete, which is relatively unusual in the UK. The high tyre noise generated by this surface is unpopular with nearby residents.

The major bottleneck in Swindon at Blunsdon traffic lights and the nearby Turnpike roundabout, where local traffic mixes with through traffic for the M4 and the Cotswolds has recently been addressed. Construction of a bypass at Blunsdon commenced on 13 September...
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