M49 Avonmouth junction

Construction of a new junction on the M49 to unlock the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area.

Start date 11 December 2017
End date 2019-20
Cost £40 million - £50 million

Latest updates

  • 14 September 2020

    Traffic management removed

    We’ve now completed construction of the new junction on the M49 motorway and removed the supporting traffic management. We’ll be completing our tree planting now it’s the autumn. So far, we’ve planted over 3000 trees around the new junction, but we’ll also be hydroseeding and planting more trees between now and November 2020. We need to carry out the planting during these months for optimal growth.

     As per our commitment in the government’s Road Investment Strategy, our completion of the junction will now allow local developers to build connecting roads into the stubs of the junction. From recent discussions, we’re aware that the developer has started design work and with the aim of starting construction in the near future.

     We’ll open the new junction to traffic once the link roads are completed and connected to the local road network.

  • 05 June 2020

    Link roads

    As per our commitment in the government’s Road Investment Strategy, our completion of the junction will now allow local developers to build connecting roads into the stubs of the junction once they’re ready. It’s anticipated that once the link roads have been built the economy will gain back up to £32 for every £1 we’ve spent on building the junction.

    After a lot of consideration, due to safety reasons and the cost of maintenance, we’ve decided not to open the new junction until one of the link roads is built by the developer.

    We’re working in partnership with South Gloucestershire Council to progress discussions with the developer to move the link roads forward and ensure the quality of construction, as ultimately these will form part of the local road network. We’ll continue to assist with any information that is required to allow the developer to start work.

  • 05 June 2020

    Construction for new junction

    You can see from the photo above that we’ve now completed the majority of the main construction for the new junction on the M49 but had to pause some of our landscaping work in March due to the wet weather. Over the next few months we’ll complete the outstanding work which includes landscaping and profiling the land to help drainage.

    So, we can do this work safely, we’ll have traffic management in place between 7am and 6pm each day, starting from Monday 8 June 2020 for around seven weeks. This will consist of hard shoulder and Lane 1 closures on both the northbound and southbound carriageways.

    So far, we’ve planted over 3000 trees around the new junction, but we’ll also be hydroseeding and planting more trees between September and November 2020. We need to carry out the planting during these months for optimal growth

Project information

Overview

The new junction we've built on the M49 is located to the south of the Western Approach Distribution Park and west of the village of Easter Compton.

The design features a two-bridge junction. It uses the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge that we've built immediately next to it. The two bridges are incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway. New access and exit slip roads have been built on both sides of the motorway junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic. The junction is now ready for the developers to build in the connecting roads.

The new bridge over the M49 also includes a dedicated lane for walkers, cyclists and other users.

We committed, along with South Gloucestershire Council, to unlocking the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area. It's an important regional employment site and was previously the largest brownfield site in Western Europe.

As the port of Avonmouth and the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area to the west of Bristol currently have no direct access to the M49, it has hindered proposals to support economic growth in the area. The new junction on the M49 opens these areas, and once the developers build the connecting roads, will ease congestion and contribute to the economic growth of the local area and wider region.

Since our construction started in December 2017, the site has already attracted new economic activity and associated employment in diverse sectors including, waste management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.

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Traffic information

Information about scheduled roadworks and events on our motorways and major roads.

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