South Gloucestershire Council has announced the next steps in the delivery of the new M49 junction link road.
Since taking the lead on the key strategic transport project last year the council has been working to progress the new link road as quickly as possible.
Next steps will require the council to obtain privately owned land, progress the design of the new road and obtain necessary consents, including Planning Permission. The council’s cabinet will discuss the development and submission of a planning application at its meeting on Monday 13 June 2022.
South Gloucestershire Council will continue to work closely with landowners and other stakeholders with this work, which will unlock significant benefits to South Gloucestershire, local communities and the wider region.
The council is not yet able to confirm a programme of work at present, as the scheme is technically complex and the best engineering solutions need to be determined. However, the intention is to deliver the scheme in the shortest reasonable timescales, whilst keeping the community and stakeholders updated as the project progresses. Final road designs should be completed later this year.
A project webpage has been set up to help keep people informed of the latest developments: https://beta.southglos.gov.uk/m49-link-road/
Councillor Steve Reade, cabinet member with responsibility for planning and transport, said: “We made an important decision last year to play a more active role in the delivery of the M49 junction link road and we are pleased to announce that we are making such an important step.
“The submission of the planning application later this year will help us move forward with the plan to deliver the link road and to make sure that the benefits of this new motorway junction are finally delivered as quickly as possible.
“By taking over as lead on this project and working closely with project partners we are able to maintain progress to get the job done.
“We will be engaging with the public and will continue to keep stakeholders aware of progress.”