Transport

North Somerset is very well connected to the rest of the UK and beyond by road, rail, air and sea.

Transport links

Airport

Bristol Airport is located in the heart of North Somerset and is the largest in South West England. There are over 100 scheduled and chartered services operating from the airport to a wide range of European, domestic and international destinations. These include several key business destinations:

  • Amsterdam
  • Belfast
  • Brussels
  • Dublin
  • Edinburgh
  • Frankfurt
  • Geneva
  • Glasgow
  • Paris

6.76 million passengers used Bristol Airport during 2015, surpassing the total for the previous 12 months by nearly 500,000. The record annual number represents a 7.7 per cent increase year on year, and a sixth consecutive year of growth for England’s third largest regional airport. For more information visit our news item (8 January 2016).

 

Walking and cycling

 

North Somerset Council is dedicated to active travel and is continuously improving its cycle network and actively encouraging walking. With the help of government funding, North Somerset, as part of the West of England authorities, is actively promoting cycling and walking and is helping communities, schools and businesses to encourage active travel. Visit betterbybike.info to find all cycling-related information, including, news and events, maps and rides. Contact the sustainable travel team at North Somerset Council if you would like to know more about how to get around on bike or by foot in North Somerset at Sustainable.travel@n-somerset.gov.uk

Road

The M5 motorway corridor provides excellent road links to the South West and the rest of the UK. Connecting with Taunton and Exeter in the South and Bristol and Birmingham in the North, there are three Junctions within North Somerset at Portishead (J19), Clevedon (J20) and Weston-super-Mare (J21). The M4/M5 (J15) interchange is also in close proximity providing links with London and the South East.

There are also plenty of  bus and coach services operating in the area.

Rail

High speed Intercity trains and local commuter trains link the centre of Weston-super-Mare with Bristol Temple Meads in the North and Taunton in the South. Other train stations are located at Weston Milton, Worle, Yatton, and Nailsea and Backwell. For more information visit National Rail Enquiries.

North Somerset Council are working with the other West of England councils on proposals for an ambitious programme of rail improvements for delivery over the next 10 years, including plans to re-open the Portishead rail line and re-introduce passenger train services.

Port

Royal Portbury Docks, situated in the Bristol Channel, is recognised as being one of the most productive and technically advanced ports in Europe. The port can handle much larger ships then other competitors in the south of England – up to 130,000 tonnes dead weight.

The port has a strategic national role in supplying industries with valuable raw materials such as coal, oil, fertilisers and metals. It handles a wide range of cargo from containers to bulk goods. Increasing numbers of cruise ships are also using the port with a growing range of destinations.

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