M4 junction study gets green light
Published on: 24 Nov 2016
PLANS for a new M4 junction at Emersons Green have moved a step closer after councillors agreed to a £500,000 feasibility study.
South Gloucestershire councillors on the Environment and Community Services Committee have given the go ahead for a report to be drawn up.
Funding of £500,000 has been secured from the Department for Transport towards the study, which will look at all the options of linking the M4 with the A4174 ring road with a new junction, 18a.
The study will be steered jointly by the council and Highways England. A key aim of the scheme is to ease congestion in this part of South Gloucestershire and provide better access to employment hubs such as the Emersons Green Enterprise Area, home to the Bristol and Bath Science Park.
Following the decision, council officers will get the technical work under way and appoint engineering consultancy CH2M to work on the project. Work on the study is due to be completed in 2018. Hundreds of people have signed a petition calling for a new junction, which they argue would ease traffic chaos and attract new business investment.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has long supported the plans, saying there is a pressing need for a new junction.
The initiative has cross-party backing as well as support from regional businesses.
As part of the study, there will be opportunities for people to give their views. Further details will be provided at a later date