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Capita Symonds appointed for M5 Jct19 improvements

9 June 2010

Capita Symonds has been appointed by Persimmon Homes to provide civil engineering design for improvements to junction 19 on the M5.

The junction, which is the main access route into the Portishead area of Bristol, was once described by Dr. Liam Fox MP as the “longest cul-de-sac in history” thanks to its notorious traffic problems, particularly in the morning rush hour.

An infrastructure team from Bristol will be designing a series of improvements that will provide a much needed increase in capacity by signalising both the Portishead and Bristol approaches to the roundabout junction as well as delivering additional approaches and exit lanes.

The works are part of Persimmon’s S106 commitment resulting from its Port Marine Development in Portishead. Due for completion in 2014, the Development spans 500 acres and will include 3500 new homes together with a marina, offices, shops, public houses, restaurants and supermarkets.