M4 junction 18a ~ your opinion counts

South Glouscetershire Council has launched a public consulatation on proposals for a new junction on the M4 motorway where it passes to the north of Emersons Green and Pucklechurch. This need has been identified by the Joint Transport Study (JTS) which is a colaborative project to develop a long term strategey for transport in the region.

The scheme evisages a new M4 junction 18a with  link to the  A4174 ring road, plus future potential to develop an improved link with Yate. The purpose of this is to improve access to the M4 for the north east fringe of Bristol (Downend, Emersons Green, Yate, and Coalpit Heath, etc), and reduce congestion.

The consultation is exhibiting two proposed routes, neither of which is identified as 'preferred'.

Western option:- From the Lyde Green roundabout where the A4174 ring road meets the Westerleigh road, a new link road would join with the M4 at a new junction (18a).

Jnc.18a ~ East and West options

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Eastern option:- From a new junction on the A4174 ring road a link heading east to Pucklechurch would bear north around the town or follow the route of the B4465 through the town. Either of of these would join with the M4 at a new junction (18a).

A full list of list of public exhibitions is


how to respond to the South Gloucestershire Council consultation:-

  • Complete our online questionnaire
  • Download and print a copy of our questionnaire, and return to us using the Freepost address below - no stamp necessary
  • Alternatively comments can be emailed to transport.policy@southglos.gov.uk
  • Comments and paper questionnaires can be posted to (no stamp required): Freepost RTXL-YHGY-GSYS, South Gloucestershire Council, E&CS M4J18a consultation, Council Offices, Badminton Road, Yate, Bristol, BS37 5AF.

There will be further public consultation as a preferred route emerges and more detailed design work progresses.

In the meantime, Click here and put down your marker. This link takes you to our own brief survey.

David Evans