M4/M5 roadworks due to start

The Highways Agency is working to improve the M4 between junctions 19 and 20, and the M5 between junctions 15 and 17, by introducing managed motorways.

It's hoped that the scheme will improve safety and journey times around the notorious Almondsbury interchange. An average of 110 vehicles use the junction on a daily basis, making it the busiest in the West Country. When the scheme is complete, overhead gantries will inform drivers of variable speed limits and allow them to use the hard shoulder. The scheme covers the M4 between junctions 19 and 20 as well as thew M5 between Junction 15 and 17.

resurfacing work and the installation of the traffic management system will see the following measures put in place.

  • Essential surfacing work: Total closure overnight of the M4 Westbound from junction 19 to 22 on January 12th and January 13th.
  • Installation of narrow lanes: Total closure overnight of the M4 eastbound from junction 22 to 19 on the 14th of January and 19th to 21st January.
  • Installation of Narrow lanes: Total closure overnight of the M4 westbound from junction 19 to 20 on each night from 16th January to 18th January.

All overnight work will take place between 22:00 and 06:00. Although the closures are in place when traffic flows are lower, road users are advised to plan ahead and allow extra time for their journeys. You can sign up for email alerts about closure and progress of the work by CLICKING HERE.