Britain’s most expensive ‘DEAD END’: £50m M49 junction that was completed in 2019 may FINALLY be connected to the road (but not before the end of 2022)
- The M49 junction near Avonmouth, Gloucestershire, was completed by National Highways at the end of 2019
- It was built to connect a distribution centre used by Amazon, Tesco, Lidl, Next, DHL and The Range
- The junction has been left without a link road due to a long-running stand-off between the park’s owners and South Gloucestershire Council
- The council said it has now made ‘important step forwards’ towards the junction finally being connected to the local road network
The £50 million M49 junction dubbed Britain’s most expensive ‘dead end’ after its completion in 2019 may finally be connected to surrounding roads, but not until the end of 2022.
The junction was built by National Highways to connect a large distribution park, used by Tesco, Lidl, Amazon and The Range, to the M49 near Avonmouth, Gloucestershire.
However, a link road is still yet to be built nearly two years on due to a long-running battle over who is responsible for connecting the new junction to the local road network.
South Gloucestershire Council claims the owners of the business park, Delta Properties, are responsible for the link road.
That claim is refuted by the owners, who claim to have ‘no legal obligation’ to construct it.
As a result of the stand-off, no traffic is using it and motorists that drive down the motorway junction come to a dead-end.
The local council, though, said it has now made ‘important step forwards’ towards the junction finally being completed.
The M49 junction near Avonmouth, Gloucestershire, was completed by National Highways at the end of 2019 with the aim of providing a link to a distribution park used by Tesco, Lidl, Amazon and The Range
The new £50 million motorway junction has yet to open due to a long-running stand-off over who is responsible for building a link road
A decision was made ‘to approve the officer recommendations to deliver the link road to join the new M49 junction with the local highway network’ at a council meeting last week.
A spokesperson added: ‘At their meeting on October 11, our Cabinet has agreed an approach with the Department for Transport and National Highways that will help the delivery of the M49 link road.
‘This decision is an important step forwards and will allow us to progress work with our partners in delivering the M49 link to unlock the significant benefits that it will bring to South Gloucestershire, local communities and the wider region.’
The spokesperson said there was no update regarding who would fund the construction of the link road.
The land is believed to be around 160 metres long and is part-owned by Delta and National Highways.
Local parish councillor Peter Tyzack said he has serious doubts that the project would be completed by Christmas next year.
He said: ‘All the traffic that would be going on the motorway is coming through the villages, which is a nightmare for us.
‘From the day they dig the first turf, it’ll be 12 months before the road can be opened
‘We’ll be lucky if we get it open for next Christmas.’
The new junction would be the only one on the short M49 – which links the M5 at Avonmouth with a bridge that crosses the River Severn.