Council to press for junction 18a at Emersons Green

March 27 2018

ANY new junction on the M4 should be at Emersons Green, South Gloucestershire Council has agreed.

ANY new junction on the M4 should be at Emersons Green, South Gloucestershire Council has agreed.

The council’s cabinet voted unanimously to press the case for the Western option for junction 18a, which would link with the ring road with the aim of reducing congestion and boosting the economy.

Members noted the strength of feeling against the Eastern options at Pucklechurch , which were put forward by consultants who carried out a feasibility study.

Responses from the public showed that 74 per cent of people supported a new junction on the M4. Fifty one per cent of people had a preference for the Western option, 17 per cent supported the Eastern option, and 26 per cent said they did not support either option. Six per cent had no preference on a location.

Councillor Colin Hunt, cabinet member responsible for transport, said: “Having a new junction on the M4 is a long-standing aspiration of this council as there is a real need to ease congestion in this part of South Gloucestershire and provide better access to homes and jobs.

“The option we are recommending that Highways England now progress to the next stage of the process is the Western option. This would create a new junction to the north west of the Lyde Green housing development and would also connect the Westerleigh Road and link up with the A4174 ring road. This is the best available option and will help support future growth planned for the West of England.”

Highways England will decide whether to take the scheme forward to the Department for Transport. 

Subject to funding and consent, the junction and link road could be built from 2025.