South Gloucestershire Council has reacted to National Highways’ announcement that the A432 M4 overbridge will be closing for approximately two years whilst they replace the structure. Work will begin in January 2024.
Council Leader Councillor Claire Young said: “We are as disappointed as residents are to hear this news, although we recognise National Highways are acting as a matter of safety in the interest of all bridge and motorway users.
“Our highways team is working closely with National Highways and will continue to work to keep people moving as freely as possible around the area and will endeavor to help fill any transport gaps where possible.”
National Highways has announced plans to install a new bridge that will allow for smoother and safer journeys. The bridge replacement programme has been fast-tracked to get the best solution in place as quickly as possible.
The council will feed into the design process to see if any network improvements might be achievable without delaying the project.
Following discussions with the council, National Highways has funded a shuttle bus since October and the council will continue to discuss further mitigating factors to help residents who have had transport issues since the closure of the bridge.
A new video of Council Leader Councillor Claire Young and Co-Leader Councillor Ian Boulton discussing the announcement with National Highways is available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5vkxAFn8nC8