Following our announcement of the location and design for the new junction in February 2017, we have now awarded the construction contract for the scheme. This marks a major step towards starting work on a scheme which will bring real benefits to the south west economy.
We started our initial preparatory work on the scheme in December to allow the main construction to start in earnest in summer 2018.
Over the next few weeks, we will be setting up the initial compound (work site) near Farm Lane, Easter Compton. This will enable them to commence site clearance and start to erect some permanent boundary fencing.
We will also start some ground investigation work to feed into the final design. As part of this work you may see some drilling rigs and small excavators working on the site.
We will hold some public information events in spring 2018 where we will share details of the final design and construction programme. Members of the project team will also be available to answer any questions.
|21 July 2016||Public information event|
|6 February 2017||Preferred location announcement|
|11 December 2017||Start of works|
Why we need this scheme
The roads around the M49 suffer from delays and congestion. There is a need for additional infrastructure which will improve how the network performs for our users.
In addition, the port of Avonmouth and the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area to the west of Bristol currently have no direct access to the M49, which is hindering proposals to support economic growth in the area. A new junction on the M49 will improve access to these areas, ease congestion and contribute to the economic growth of the region.
The scheme in detail
We have committed, along with Bristol City Council and South Gloucestershire Council, to unlocking the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area. It is an important regional employment site and the largest brownfield site in Western Europe. The site is expected to attract new economic activity and associated employment in diverse sectors including energy generation, waste management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.
The new junction will be located in the area to the south of the Western Approach Distribution Park and west of the village of Easter Compton. We have concluded that the option which provides the greatest overall benefit is the Farm Lane Two Bridge option.
This option features a 2 bridge junction. It uses the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge built immediately next to it. The 2 bridges are incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway. New access and exit slip roads will be built on both sides of the motorway junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic.
Although not indicated on the outline plan, the crossing will allow cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders to cross separately from the traffic. Discussions are continuing with representative groups.
AimsThe aims of this scheme are to:
- support economic growth
- relieve traffic on local roads around the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area
- improve access to the regional highways network
- improve road safety by relieving pressure on the local road network
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