Options for creating a new junction off the M4 to provide a much needed link on to the Avon Ring Road are likely to stand or fall on the cost implications of any re-alignment of the motorway considered necessary.
That’s the view of Bruton Knowles’ Head of Agency Paul Williams, who has supported the so called ‘Western’ option in preference to a more controversial route running to the west and north of Pucklechurch.
Paul Williams, based at the firm’s Great George Street office said: “South Gloucestershire Council has now launched a feasibility study into the proposed routes and we would encourage people in the area to make their views known one way or the other.
“But we believe the devil could be in the detail.
“The Western route appears the more logical option, making use of Westerleigh Road to link to the A4174 Ring Road near Lyde Green in Emersons Green.
“This would mean the proposed new Junction 18a could be located to the north west of the Lyde Green development – but this would require some realignment to the M4 itself.
“The Eastern route would include a link road and junction to the north and west of Pucklechurch – but, significantly, this option could be achieved without the need to realign the M4.”
Paul Williams said the impact on the existing motorway could become the key factor in future discussions.
People have until Monday October 16 to make their views known either online or at a series of local drop-in sessions which have been arranged across the district.
“While it is encouraging to see South Gloucestershire Council is going out to consultation on the plans it seems the possible cost implications for any realignment of the motorway could be a key factor in the final decision.
The likely reluctance to spend any more than strictly necessary could result in the so-called Eastern Option being favoured over the potentially more expensive Western option, despite the additional roadbuilding that this would require to bring traffic from the new junction to the ring road.”