M49 Avonmouth junction

Construction of a new junction on the M49 in the Avonmouth region.

Region:  South West
Start date:  11 December 2017
Cost:  ÂŁ25 to 50 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  December 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

Following vegetation clearance and the gas main being moved by Fast Flow, we’ve now fully started construction of the new junction. We are currently carrying out ground consolidation; this means we are strengthening the ground so that it is strong enough to carry the weight from the embankment which will eventually support the junction.

ground consolidation work
ground consolidation works in progress

What's next

We'll begin work on the embankments in late November and plan to lift the new bridge into place early next year.

Timeline

Date Event
21 July 2016 Public information event
6 February 2017 Preferred location announcement
11 December 2017 Start of works
April 2018 Start of National Grid works to move gas pipe
Early summer Start building site compound
July 2018 Start of main construction
December 2019 End of construction

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Why we need this scheme

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.

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. A new junction on the M49 will open up these areas, ease congestion and contribute to the economic growth of the region.

Aims

The 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

The scheme in detail

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.

The design features a two-bridge junction. It uses the existing bridge at Farm Lane with a second bridge built immediately next to it. The two 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.

The new bridge that we’ll build over the M49 will include a dedicated lane for walkers, cyclists and other users.

Two stubs will be left on the new roundabout when the scheme is complete. These will allow the junction to be connected to the local road network to support future development in this area.

image of the new junction including bridges
Computer generated image of the new junction

Traffic management

While the junction is being built, we’ll have narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit on this stretch of the M49. We expect these to be in place from autumn 2018 to winter 2019. We’ll also need some full motorway closures later this year to allow us to lift in the new bridges. Please see the Roadworks section below for details.

Site compound location

During construction our main site compound will be located off Farm Lane, on the east side of the M49 adjacent the southbound carriageway. The majority of our vehicles will access the compound directly from the M49. A small number of cars and light vehicles will access the site compound via the industrial estate on the west side of the M49 and over the existing Farm Lane bridge. None of our construction traffic will use the B4055 through Easter Compton.

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Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

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Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 9:06 am
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:01 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 20 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2018 to 06:00 on 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 9:01 am
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:01 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 20 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 November 2018 to 22 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:50 am
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:01 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 20 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 20 November 2018 to 22 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 November 2018 to 30 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:50 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J16 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:45 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:34 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J16 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:34 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J15 and J9 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J15 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J16 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency Litter Clearance. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 16:00 on 19 November 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:01 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 1 December 2018.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 8:00 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 7:05 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 7:05 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder and lane 1 are closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 7:05 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 06:00 on 24 September 2018 to 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: November 19, 2018, 7:05 am
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18 and J17 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:01 on 19 November 2018 to 06:00 on 21 November 2018.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks scheme. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 00:01 on 15 September 2018 to 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:01 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:01 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J22 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M48 westbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 16:00 from 20 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:01 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M48 eastbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:30 on 20 November 2018 to 16:00 on 20 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2018 to 21 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J18 . Lane Closures : The hard shoulder is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 12:00 on 21 May 2019.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M48 eastbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 23 November 2018 to 18:00 on 25 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J15 and J14 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2018 to 06:00 on 22 November 2018. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 November 2018 to 06:00 on 23 November 2018. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 November 2018 to 06:00 on 24 November 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 26 November 2018 to 28 November 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J22 and J23 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 22 November 2018 to 06:00 on 23 November 2018. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 17, 2018, 11:15 pm

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