Bristol Post - - NEWS - Stephen SUMNER Lo­cal democ­racy re­porter [email protected]­plc.com

A£428MILLION new junc­tion on the M4 could be built in 2025. South Glouces­ter­shire Coun­cil high­ways chief Colin Hunt said this week the au­thor­ity had made a strong case for junc­tion 18a and it is now be­ing con­sid­ered by High­ways Eng­land.

Cab­i­net mem­bers in March backed a western op­tion for the new junc­tion near Emer­sons Green that avoids cross­ing green belt land.

A South Glouces­ter­shire Coun­cil spokesper­son said: “The study un­der­taken by South Glouces­ter­shire Coun­cil has been pro­vided to High­ways Eng­land and the De­part­ment for Trans­port to con­sider tak­ing for­ward fur­ther de­vel­op­ment of the scheme in their next route in­vest­ment strat­egy (RIS2), which cov­ers the time pe­riod 2020 to 2025.

“In the au­tumn 2018 bud­get, the Gov­ern­ment made high-level an­nounce­ments about RIS2, but gave no de­tail about the in­clu­sion of spe­cific schemes.

“We un­der­stand that an­nounce­ments about which schemes will be in­cluded in the RIS2 will be made by the DfT and High­ways Eng­land in ‘late’ 2019.

“When un­der­tak­ing the study work, it was es­ti­mated that con­struc­tion may take place be­tween 2025 and 2026, although this would be sub­ject to con­fir­ma­tion by High- ways Eng­land and the DfT dur­ing fur­ther scheme de­vel­op­ment work.

“The M4 junc­tion 18a scheme is es­ti­mated to cost £428million for the pre­ferred western op­tion.”

It is ex­pected to cre­ate 5,700 jobs and gen­er­ate £449mil­lion for the econ­omy.

The western op­tion is not the only op­tion on the ta­ble.

The cab­i­net meet­ing in March heard an eastern op­tion run­ning close to Puck­lechurch will re­main a pos­si­bil­ity un­til as late as 2022.

South Glouces­ter­shire Coun­cil’s busi­ness case showed that the new

Cam­paign­ers gath­ered in Puck­lechurch in July to op­pose pro­pos­als for a new M4 junc­tion and link road

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