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Government promises millions to fix traffic problems at M5 junction 19

PUBLISHED: 15:40 17 March 2017


Almost £3million has been promised to improve junction 19 of the M5 near Portishead.

Highways England, which is responsible for the nation’s motorways, says the southbound exit sliproad will benefit from £2.8million of short-term and long-term improvements.

Drivers are likely to notice the first changes within a matter of weeks.

Long tailbacks often occur on the southbound carriageway over the Avonmouth Bridge as motorists queue to leave the M5 for Portishead, Portbury, Nailsea or Gordano Services.

Therefore, Highways England has for months been planning how best to combat the problem amid concerns over safety and traffic flow.

And the Department for Transport (DfT) on Friday named junction 19 as one of the beneficiaries of a £220million congestion-cutting kitty.

In late-March or early-April Highways England plans to alter road markings on the M5 to reduce the issues in the short-term.

But its spokesman said discussions over a long-term fix for the junction and to improve the A369 are ongoing with North Somerset Council.

Dr Liam Fox MP welcomed the DfT’s announcement, saying: “This is excellent news for North Somerset and in particular the tens of thousands of motorists who use Junction 19 every day.

“We have campaigned for this for a long time.

“Junction 19 is an important and very busy junction, particularly at peak times, and this money will help to cut congestion and journey times, improve safety and boost the local economy.”

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