M49 Avonmouth junction
Construction of a new junction on the M49 to unlock the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area.
The new junction we've built on the M49 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 that we've built immediately next to it. The two bridges are incorporated into a single roundabout that spans the motorway. New access and exit slip roads have been built on both sides of the motorway junction so that it connects fully with both northbound and southbound traffic. The new bridge over the M49 also includes a dedicated lane for walkers, cyclists and other users.
South Gloucestershire Council is now working with the Department of Transport and National Highways on the design and construction of the link road to connect the new motorway junction at Western Approach Distribution Park.
We committed, along with South Gloucestershire Council, to unlocking the economic potential of the Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area. It's an important regional employment site and was previously the largest brownfield site in Western Europe.
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 new junction on the M49 opens these areas, and once the developers build the connecting roads, will ease congestion and contribute to the economic growth of the local area and wider region.
Since our construction started in December 2017, the site has already attracted new economic activity and associated employment in diverse sectors including, waste management, manufacturing, warehousing and distribution.