St. Andrew’s Road and A403 Highway Reconstruction

Overview of the A403 Highway Reconstruction project

The latest work programme and maps providing details of the Bristol City Council and S. Glos. Council’s sites and phases can be found here.

Download a map of the sites here

Download Bristol City Council’s latest work programme here. Latest updates from Bristol City Council are here

Latest updates from S. Glos. Council are here.

A summary of the scheme, the early work and consultation during Spring and Summer 2016 can be found below.

Bristol City Council’s team can be contacted at  email:

S. Glos. Council’s team can be contacted at email:; tel: 01454

Early Updates on work, scheme explained and consultation

2015: A403 Highway Reconstruction Draft Plan now available.

Please note that this is a draft plan of works … and will be subject to change. It is intended to provide indicative timing of work and associated traffic management. As work schedules become clearer, the plan will be updated.

The full schedule can be downloaded here.

The schedule until Christmas 2015 is shown below (this has since been updated – see above).

A403 Reconstruction Update … plus lighting column work begins week commencing 13th July 2015

Feedback from consultation

Bristol City Council (BCC) has received some excellent feedback … and designs are being amended accordingly.  As a result BCC has decided to push the start date of phase one (St Andrews Road) to early August to ensure that these can be taken into account.

They still welcome feedback and comments on the scheme and will try to take these into account wherever possible.
Anyone who has had concerns and has made specific requests will be contacted directly to discuss the revised plans.

Revised plans will be available on the SevernNet website from week commencing 20th July.

A programme of works including the temporary traffic management will be available on week commencing the 27th July on the SevernNet website.

Phase one will be constructed whilst maintaining two way traffic flow without signals as St Andrews Road is wide.

Lighting work

Works will start next week (w/c 13th July 2015) to replace and upgrade lighting columns and lantern heads.  This will deliver energy efficient LED white light along the A403 corridor, resulting in less energy use and greater, more controlled light.

A403 Proposed Highway Reconstruction Consultation concluded … Post Consultation Meeting Wednesday 8th July …

Major works will be taking place along the A403 commencing July 2015. A consultation about the work has just closed.

The consultation has been positively supported, with businesses attending discussion meetings on 18th and 24th June 2015. Submissions have also been made to the Highways Team at Bristol City Council. Your views have been very useful, and are enabling adjustments to the detailing of the scheme for the benefit of road users and local businesses.

There is a post-consultation meeting at St. Andrew’s House (First Floor) (St Andrew’s Rd, Bristol BS11 9DQ) on Wednesday 8th July at 13:30 to hear the results of the consultation and timing for the work. The Bristol Port Company has kindly agreed to host the meeting. You can sign up to attend here (so we have enough biscuits!) or come along on the day.

 The consultation document is available here

To find out more, come along to one of the consultation meetings (details below).

The Highways and Traffic Team can be contacted by email (,or call 0117-903-6822.

Consultation Meetings

SevernNet is working with Bristol City Council and S. Glos. Council to organise a number of consultation meetings; and a working group for businesses who want to get more involved in the planning.

The working group meeting will be held on Thursday 18th June 2015 (13:30) at Tesco Distribution Centre, Weston Approach Industrial Park. If you would like to attend please email Kate Royston or call 07969-569-444.
The first consultation meeting will be held on Wednesday 24th June at 13:30 at Avonmouth Community Centre. You can register here (so we have enough coffee and biscuits!) or come along on the day.

The post consultation meeting, to share the outcome of the consultation, will be held on Wednesday 8th July at 13:30 (venue to be agreed). You can register here.

Invitation to join working group 

We’re putting together a small working group who will be meeting a couple of times to help inform Bristol City Council, S. Glos. Council and the Contractors of the best way to mitigate the business impacts of this work.

If you’re interested in being involved please email Kate Royston (

Planning the work

  • A403 improvementsThe design phase is underway and is expected to be completed in June.
  • From June/July civil work such as kerbs and drainage will begin. We are told that this will have minor impact on traffic.
  • From autumn the major work will begin. The road will be dug out and reconstructed. The St. Andrews Road sections should be accommodated with a single lane open and controlled by lights. Narrower sections e.g. along Chittening Road are likely to be closed and diversions put in place.

Many thanks for your support.

We’d like to thank all the organisations that provided Letters of Support for the Bristol City Council / S. Glos Council bid for money from the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of their Maintenance Challenge Fund.

The funding will enable an improved highway surface and safe, user friendly cycle and walking pathways from the M48 junction at Aust through to the A4 Portway Park and Ride.

We’ve just heard that the bid has been successful. Work is expected to progress quickly, supported by consultation to understand how best to mitigate the business impacts during construction.
We’ll keep you posted. Further 
details on what is proposed below.

Bristol Post announcement here.

St. Andrew’s Road and A403. URGENT call for support for improvement grant

Following successful bids for Local Sustainable Transport Fund money, and the Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund, Bristol City Council and S. Glos. Council have prepared a bid to the Department for Transport (DfT) as part of their Maintenance Challenge Fund.

They would like to thank the many businesses and organisations who provided Letters of Support following our request at the end of January 2015.

The funding will enable (if awarded)  an improved highway surface and safe, user friendly cycle and walking pathways from the M48 junction at Aust through to the A4 Portway Park and Ride. This is a once in a generation chance to improve this busy road to benefit the businesses and communities that need to use it.

In summary what is proposed includes:

  • An off road walking and cycling route from the Portway P&R site to Cabot Park, and from there all the way to M48 junction at Aust
  • Several new crossing points for pedestrians and cyclists along St Andrews Rd, making the environment more friendly to road users and improving road safety
  • New and improved bus stops to serve the recently extended 41 service
  • Improvement to road safety and traffic flow along St Andrews Rd by installing two wide running lanes capable of dealing with large HGV and wide loads, replacing the narrow 4 lanes that exist, and building new ‘right turn lanes’ to keep the traffic flowing freely
  • A new hard wearing road surface and general improvements to the A403 from M48 junction through to the Port end of St. Andrew’s Road. This will make the route more attractive, encourage inward investment prepare for the new M49 junction.

A decision is expected very soon. If positive, work is expected to progress quickly supported by consultation to understand how best to mitigate the business impacts during construction.We’ll keep you posted on developments and opportunities to feed into the consultation.

Your help is appreciated, together we can make Avonmouth and Severnside an even better place to be!