Progress towards a new junction on the M4 next to Emersons Green for residents from all over South Gloucestershire has been welcomed by Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling MP.

The minister was visiting the area and had his say on the controversial plans last week.

The new junction has been in the pipeline for years, with residents opinion seemingly split on the idea.

It would provide another junction to the M4 motorway that would provide a direct link to the A4174 Ring Road.

South Gloucestershire Council have identified the development and implementation of this junction as an opportunity to combat the impacts of increased motorway traffic.

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling said: “It was a pleasure to meet local campaigners Rachael, Colin and Judy to discuss the prospect of delivering Junction 18A and the positive impact it could have on Emersons Green and the neighbouring communities.

“The outcomes of the feasibility study have been very promising and I look forward to working with South Gloucestershire Council on the next steps.”

Cllr Colin Hunt, cabinet member for planning, transport and strategic environment, said: “Having campaigned for this junction for more than 20 years, it is fantastic to know we are closer than ever before. With such positive feedback from the feasibility study, having the chance to talk to Mr Grayling in the area where this work would have the most impact couldn’t have come at a better time.”