M49 Avonmouth junctionRecently updated

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

Region:  South West
Start date:  11 December 2017
Cost:  £25 to 50 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  December 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

We started our initial preparatory work on the scheme in December 2017 so that we can be ready to start the main construction in summer 2018. This initial preparatory work has included vegetation clearance, ground investigation work and the erection of permanent fencing. This work has now been completed so you may notice a decrease in the amount of site activity over the next few months.

What's next

Over the next few months we will be finalising the detailed design of the junction and undertaking several site surveys and inspections. At the same time, National Grid will be on site carrying out work to move a gas pipe which currently runs through land where the new junction will be built.

In the summer we’ll build our main site compound, this is where our offices will be based and our equipment stored during construction. We’ll also install narrow lanes and a reduced speed limit on the M49. Once these are in place we’ll be ready to start the main construction.

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. We’ll share more information about these closer to the time.

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

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Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 28 July 2018 to 12 August 2018.
Posted: July 22, 2018, 5:00 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound at junction J20 . Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Reason : Bridge repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 27 July 2018 to 06:00 on 28 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 7:10 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J18A and J17 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J17 and J18 . Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 07:01 on 23 July 2018 to 18:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 07:00 and 18:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 5:01 pm
Location : The M32 northbound between junction J1 and the M4 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 2 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M32 northbound at junction J1 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 24 July 2018 to 28 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 30 July 2018 to 2 August 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound at junction J15 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 30 July 2018 to 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J15 and J12 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:01 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 24 July 2018 to 27 July 2018. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 08:00 and 16:00 from 30 July 2018 to 3 August 2018.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J17 and J16 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 25 July 2018 to 05:00 on 26 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 24 July 2018 to 05:00 on 25 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M5 northbound exit slip at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 08:00 on 23 July 2018 to 16:00 on 23 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 23 July 2018 to 05:00 on 24 July 2018. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: July 20, 2018, 4:42 pm

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