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