M49 Avonmouth junction

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

Region:  South West
Start date:  11 December 2017
Cost:  £38.5 million - £66.6 million
Status:  CURRENT
Type:  Major Scheme
End date:  December 2019
Programme:  

Progress report

We're nearing the end of the project and have recently reached two significant milestones essential to completion of the main construction. Our engineers have been working tirelessly with sub-contractors to drill and install large drainage culverts (concrete drainpipes) underneath the M49 while it was still open to traffic.

This involved precision drilling and extensive surveying while we continually monitored ground movement so work could be carried out safely under the live carriageway. We used a method of installing the drainage which involved thrusting approximately 60 metres of 1200mm diameter culverts under the existing road and embankments.

We also finished the new bridge, installed curbing and laid the new road surfaces.

What's next?

We're still on track for our main works to be completed by Christmas and are planning to cease use of the access, as agreed, from the western side at the end of December. Roadside technology work will continue into the New Year with access from the motorway. The location of the remaining compound is still being finalised.

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

News

We're planning some closures of the M49 this coming weekend (Friday 15 November to Monday 18 November). Apologies for the short notice but we’ve been working with colleagues across Highways England to find the best time to carry out these works considering other work going on within the region. As part of this we look at the impact of national events, such as Black Friday, on the road network and choose a time where the impact will be as small as possible. We always try to give people as much notice as possible of closures but sometimes due to the changes in programming of our schemes we’re unable to give as much as we'd like. We need to carry out these works on the M49 now to complete the scheme on time.

Northbound carriageway closure

Friday 15 November at 8pm to Monday 18 November at 6am

Southbound carriageway night-time closures

Friday 15 November at 8pm to Saturday 16 November at 9am

Saturday 16 November at 6pm to Sunday 17 November at 10am

Sunday 17 November at 7pm to Monday 18 November 6am

Southbound carriageway day-time closures

Saturday 17 November – one lane of two will be closed from 9am to 6pm

Sunday 18 November – one lane of two will be closed from 10am to 7am

Please note that closure dates and times are subject to change. Check our Planned Roadworks section below for the most up-to-date information.

The diversion route is using the M5 and M4. If you would have been travelling northbound on the M49 you continue northbound on the M5 until junction 15, then travel eastbound on the M4 to junction 22. If you would have been travelling southbound on the M49 you travel westbound on the M4 from junction 22 to junction 20 and then southbound on the M5 to junction 18.

Traffic management

There are still narrow lanes on both sides of the motorway, and we’re operating a 60mph speed limit on both the southbound and northbound carriageway. Free recovery is in place for breakdowns within our work zone. If affected, please call 07711 001158 for assistance.

Temporary speed cameras are in place to make sure drivers are adhering to the speed limit.

Text message service

If you would like to receive text messages regarding future closures of the M49, we’re now running a text message service. To sign up, please text M49 to 60777. This will cost you the same rate as a standard text message and you can opt out at any point.

Site compound location

Our main site compound is located off Farm Lane, on the east side of the M49 next to the southbound carriageway. Most of our vehicles 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.

Contact us

If you have other queries about this scheme you can contact Highways England Information Line by calling 0300 123 5000 or you can email us: M49avonmouthjunction@highwaysengland.co.uk.

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's 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. The 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 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 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're building 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.

Project media files and documents

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Project timeline

Planned roadworks

Roadworks and Events for England

The latest incident information for England's motorway and trunk routes provided by Highways England

Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 16 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:52 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J20 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Road repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 22 November 2019 to 06:00 on 23 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J18 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:03 pm
Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : from 20:44 on 15 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes are closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:45 pm
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one is closed. Reason : Roadworks. Status : Currently Active. Period : expect disruption until 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There is one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 8:06 pm
Location : The M4 westbound between junctions J21 and J22 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 27 November 2019. Schedule : From 22:00 on 27 November 2019 to 06:00 on 28 November 2019. Schedule : From 23:00 on 28 November 2019 to 06:00 on 29 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 1:42 pm
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 18 November 2019 to 18:00 on 25 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 11:44 am
Location : The M32 southbound between junctions J1 and J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 05:30 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 11:04 am
Location : The M32 northbound exit slip at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:01 on 17 November 2019 to 05:30 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 11:04 am
Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J3 and J1 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:01 on 17 November 2019 to 05:30 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 11:04 am
Location : The M32 southbound between junctions J1 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:01 on 17 November 2019 to 05:30 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 11:04 am
Location : The M4 eastbound at junction J22 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Barrier repairs are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 25 November 2019 to 29 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 10:33 am
Location : The M5 southbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:01 on 16 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 23 November 2019 to 06:00 on 25 November 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 30 November 2019 to 06:00 on 2 December 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 7 December 2019 to 06:00 on 9 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 am
Location : The junction of the M5 J18 and the A4 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:01 on 16 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 23 November 2019 to 06:00 on 25 November 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 30 November 2019 to 06:00 on 2 December 2019. Schedule : From 06:00 on 7 December 2019 to 06:00 on 9 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 am
Location : The M5 southbound exit slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1 and 2 will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:01 on 16 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 23 November 2019 to 24 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 30 November 2019 to 1 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 7 December 2019 to 8 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 15, 2019, 9:13 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 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M4 westbound entry slip at junction J22 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M32 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M32 northbound entry slip at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M32 southbound between junctions J2 and J3 . Reason : Roadworks scheme is planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M32 southbound at junction J2 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
Location : The M32 southbound at junction J3 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 21 November 2019 to 06:00 on 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:12 pm
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 : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 22 November 2019 to 25 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 29 November 2019 to 2 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 7 December 2019 to 9 December 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 11:53 am
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 20:00 and 06:00 from 19 November 2019 to 21 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 2 December 2019 to 7 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 9 December 2019 to 11 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 20:00 and 06:00 from 12 December 2019 to 20 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 11:42 am
Location : The M32 northbound between junctions J2 and J1 . Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 10:00 on 21 November 2019 to 15:00 on 21 November 2019.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 10:12 am
Location : The M5 northbound entry slip at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:23 am
Location : The A4 westbound. Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:23 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:23 am
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J18 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Emergency road marking works are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 21:00 on 17 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 14, 2019, 9:23 am
Location : The M4 eastbound between junctions J23 and J21 . Lane Closures : Lanes 1, 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : All lanes will be closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J20 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J19 and J20 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M5 northbound between junctions J19 and J18 . Lane Closures : Lane three will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 20:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 22:00 on 20 November 2019 to 06:00 on 21 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 8:14 pm
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 16 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 23 November 2019 to 24 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 30 November 2019 to 1 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 7 December 2019 to 8 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 4:12 pm
Location : The junction of the M5 J18 and the M49 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 06:00 on 16 November 2019 to 06:00 on 18 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 23 November 2019 to 24 November 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 30 November 2019 to 1 December 2019. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 06:00 and 20:00 from 7 December 2019 to 8 December 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 4:12 pm
Location : The M49 southbound between the junctions with the M4 and the M5 . Lane Closures : Lane two will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : From 09:00 on 16 November 2019 to 18:00 on 16 November 2019. Schedule : From 10:00 on 17 November 2019 to 19:00 on 17 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 13, 2019, 2:24 pm
Location : The M5 southbound at junction J19 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2 and 3 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be two of three lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M49 northbound between the junctions with the M5 and the M4 . Lane Closures : Lane one will be closed. Reason : Roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 09:30 and 15:30 from 18 November 2019 to 22 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be one of two lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm
Location : The M5 southbound between junctions J18 and J19 . Lane Closures : Lanes 2, 3 and 4 will be closed. Reason : Emergency roadworks are planned. Status : Pending. Schedule : Expect disruption everyday between 21:00 and 06:00 from 18 November 2019 to 20 November 2019. Lanes Closed : There will be three of four lanes closed.
Posted: November 12, 2019, 6:04 pm

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