The announcement that construction will start this year on the new junction to the M49 is a shot in the arm for the growth of the economy in the South West, says Paul Hobbs, Director at GVA.
Construction is set to start on the junction by the end of 2017.
“The new motorway junction which will access directly into Central Park, will improve road access to the wider Avonmouth Severnside Enterprise Area, so opening up a greater area of land to support economic growth,” says Paul.
Highways England, Bristol City Council, and South Gloucestershire Council have been reviewing the scheme options for the new junction, and have now selected the preferred way forward that will use the existing bridge at Farm Lane, and will construct a second bridge alongside.
According to Highways England, the Farm Lane Two Bridge option will now be taken forward to detailed design.
“This is very positive news for the region, further unlocking the potential of Avonmouth and reinforcing its position as a strategically important employment site. Its significance cannot be underestimated,” he continues.
Together with the commitment of Delta Properties to invest in a major road, rail and utility infrastructure at Central Park, the new motorway junction, and Central Park’s unique planning permission which allows immediate development of B8 (storage and distribution) space, the region is home to a distribution hub of national significance which continues to attract major occupiers such as The Range.
In 2016 Central Park witnessed 2.45 million sq ft of simultaneous construction, unparalleled year for any national scheme.