The North Fringe of Bristol has demonstrated strong growth over the last two decades, placing more pressure upon the transport network in the area. In preparation for the additional traffic generated by the Cribbs Patchway New Neighbourhood Development, a transport strategy has been developed to manage the impact of these additional journeys and reduce congestion. This includes improvements at M5 Junction 17. South Gloucestershire Council has secured funding from the Department for Transport's Local Pinch Point Fund to widen Merlin Road and the Highwood Lane exit, change road markings and upgrade traffic signal equipment.


Proposed Scheme

  • Widening Highwood Lane exit to provide a third traffic lane at the Merlin Road/Highwood Lane traffic signals
  • Widening Merlin Road to provide a third traffic lane between the southbound exit slip and Highwood Lane
  • Change road markings to allow traffic from all three lanes of the northbound exit slip to circulate around the roundabout into Merlin Road
  • Upgrade traffic signals equipment


The Highways Agency are developing a separate Highways Agency Pinch Point Scheme at M5 Junction 17, which will improve the southbound exit-slip.  This will benefit traffic leaving the motorway and complements the council's scheme. The two schemes are separate but their development and delivery are being coordinated to minimise the impact on the travelling public.


Please take a look at the documents section below for the Statement of Reasons and drawings showing the existing layout and the proposed layout before responding to this consultation.

Have your say


Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, M5 Junction 17, Design & Operations, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR.

Phone: 01905 361299


Please respond by 29 July 2014.

This consultation has now closed, feedback on the consultation is now available.


  • Opened
    9 Jul 2014 at 00:00
  • Closed
    29 Jul 2014 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    07 Oct 2014

Summary of Results



Consultation Topic Local highways and transportation projects
Geographical area Almondsbury, Patchway
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Contact Details

If you have any questions or would like to make any comments, please contact:

South Gloucestershire Council,
Department for Environment and Community Services,
PO Box 299,
Design and Operations Team,
Civic Centre,
High Street,
BS15 0DR

Tel: 01905 361 299