Location of controversial new M4 motorway junction set to be decided
The new junction 18a would link the M4 with the A4174 Bristol Ring Road
The location of a controversial new motorway junction just outside Bristol is set to be decided.
Following a public consultation, South Gloucestershire Council is seeking to forge ahead with plans for a new junction for the M4 motorway in Lyde Green, near Emersons Green.
Calls for a new junction between the existing exits for Bath and Bristol traffic to serve Kingswood, Emersons Green and the surrounding area to the east of Bristol date back more than a decade. They have now reached a climax as traffic in to east Bristol and South Gloucestershire continues to increase exponentially.
The new junction 18a would link the M4 with the A4174 Bristol Ring Road and would be aimed at helping to reduce congestion in and around the area.
The council says the development would also provide “thousands” of new jobs.
South Gloucestershire Council revealed the two options for the location of the new junction in July 2017.
The eastern option includes building a new link road to run past Pucklechurch to join the A420 and then the A4174, while the western option would see the junction built close to Lyde Green and a connecting road built between the M4 and A4174.
South Gloucestershire Council is calling on cabinet members to support the western option for the new M4 junction, rather than the eastern option, at their next meeting on Monday, March 12.
A public consultation on the topic ran from August to October last year as part of a feasibility study funded by the Department for Transport.
The results showed that while 74 per cent support the idea of a new junction on the M4, 51 per cent showed a preference for the western option at Emersons Green.
Seventeen per cent preferred the eastern option near Pucklechurch, with 26 per cent supporting neither and six per cent showing no preference.
If the western option is approved by cabinet, the next steps would be:
- The report will be provided to Highways England and following their review it will be provided to the Department for Transport
- If the scheme is taken forward, Highways England would then lead it, taking it through subsequent business case stages which involve further data collection, survey work and design
- Subject to funding and consent, the junction and link road could be built from 2025 onwards.
The proposed new junction has faced a lot of opposition , a petition was launched against both locations , Green Party councillors branded the consultation a ‘farce’ and a ‘scam’ , while Labour members said it would make Kingswood and St George ‘slip roads to Bristol’.