Since our event in July 2016, we have been assessing the 3 design options we have developed for this scheme. Following our full assessment, we believe that the option which provides the greatest overall benefit is the Farm Lane Two Bridge option.
This option stood out as it:
- is more affordable
- requires less land than the alternative option at this location
- opens up a greater area of land to support economic growth than the southern location
- has a greater capacity to accommodate increased traffic levels in the future
- can better incorporate the National Cycle Network, bridleway and public footpath aspirations
To reach this decision we considered each of the 3 options in terms of:
- traffic capacity
- journey time reliability
- road safety
- economic growth opportunities
- community access
- environmental considerations
- practical constraints
We also continued discussions about local priorities with South Gloucestershire Council, the local parish councils and developers.
We will now take forward the Farm Lane Two Bridge option as our preferred option. We will work up a detailed design and layout for Farm Lane Two Bridge option. This will show drainage requirements and pedestrian, cyclist and equestrian access, as well as environmental improvements. We will hold another information event before this is finalised so we can provide details of the final proposal, the construction programme and what will be done to minimise inconvenience.
Subject to statutory approval under the Highways Act 1980 and approval from the Secretary of State, we hope to start construction by the end of 2017.
|21 July 2016||Public information event|
|6 February 2017||Preferred location announcement|
|End 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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