Highways England to hold local community events ahead of start of M49 junction scheme near Avonmouth
Highways England will be holding public drop-in sessions later this month ahead of construction work starting on a new M49 junction at Avonmouth, near Bristol, this summer.
Construction is due to start on a new junction, part of the Government’s £15 billion road investment programme, which will improve road access and provide a much-needed connection into the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area from the motorway network.
The scheme – announced in February 2017 – will also improve access to the enterprise area, create jobs, promote economic growth in this area of Bristol, and reduce the numbers of HGVs and other vehicles on the local road network.
Highways England is working with partners, including South Gloucestershire Council, Bristol Council and the West of England Partnership, to deliver a two-bridge junction, using the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge being built immediately adjacent.
The two bridges will be incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway with new access and exit slip roads built on both sides of the junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic.
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, and construction is due to be completed by December 2019.
Highways England South West Regional Delivery Director Nick Aldworth said: “We recognise the strategic importance of the Avonmouth and Severnside Enterprise Area as a key regional employment site and that is why we are helping to unlock economic growth in the area by building this new junction.
“As well as boosting the local economy, the junction will also improve access to the regional road network and relieve traffic on local roads.”
Initial preparatory work started before Christmas, and ahead of main construction work starting later this summer, drop-in sessions are being held at Severn Beach Village Hall on Friday, 18 May (2pm-8pm) and Easter Compton Village Hall on Saturday, 19 May (10am-4pm).
The public events will provide local communities, businesses and road users with more information on the timescales of the project, traffic management and access arrangements during construction.
Mr Aldworth added: “We are currently working towards starting main construction work this summer, and this is an opportunity for local communities to gain more information from members of the project team and our partners.”
In the meantime, more information on the scheme can be found at www.highways.gov.uk/