Views sought into options for new M4 junction
Published on: 01 Sep 2017
EXHIBITIONS have been organised after controversial plans for a new motorway junction on the M4 revealed a second location option for the project.
A consultation exercise has just started into the two options now being considered - the initial “western” site at Emersons Green and the surprise “eastern” location near Westerleigh.
A campaign against the eastern site was started as soon as the details were revealed, with villagers in Pucklechurch speaking out against it and two local Conservative MPs - Luke Hall for Thornbury and Yate and Kingswood’s Chris Skidmore - saying they would not support it.
However, South Gloucestershire Council said the study was in its very early stages. No decisions had been made, no funding agreed and there was no preferred option for the junction.
The alternative eastern site emerged from a £500,000 feasibility study into creating a junction 18A between Tormarton and the M32.
It would involve having a link road from a junction on the B4465 Westerleigh Road to the A4174 ring road at Siston, skirting Pucklechurch and cutting it off from neighbouring Parkfield.
Two potential routes for this link road have been proposed, both crossing green belt land.
The council said that option would not require a realignment of the M4, while the western site would use Westerleigh Road and the A4174 ring road next to Lyde Green in Emersons Green.
The junction could be located to the north west of the Lyde Green development but would require some realignment to the motorway.
A provisional map released by the council shows both options as having a “potential future link to Yate” - a possible road to meet up with the town’s so-called road-to-nowhere.
The consultation runs until Monday, October 16, and everyone with an interest in the new junction is encouraged to have their say by completing a survey.
Colin Hunt, the council’s Cabinet member for transport, said: “There is a very real need to ease congestion in this part of South Gloucestershire as well as providing improved access to key employment hubs and residential areas.
“Having successfully secured funding from the Department for Transport for the feasibility study, we have been exploring the options for a new junction in line with the department’s guidance on major transport schemes.”
Locations for the exhibitions include Westerleigh, Emersons Green, Yate and Pucklechurch, with full details available on the council’s website.