North Somerset offers excellent transport links with motorway access, high speed Intercity and local commuter trains, Bristol Airport and Royal Portbury Docks.
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 reliable bus and coach services operating in the area.
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.
Bristol Airport is located in the heart of North Somerset. Passengers can fly direct from Bristol to over 100 destinations in the UK, America and Europe including New York, Barcelona, Geneva, Madrid and Paris. The number of people passing through the terminal during 2012 was up 2.8 per cent compared to the previous year, making Bristol the only airport in the UK’s top ten to see growth each year since the end of 2009. In June 2013 Bristol Airport recorded its busiest ever June, with over 625,000 passengers travelling through the terminal. This surpassed the previous record, set back in 2008, by 15,000 and represented a 3.4 per cent increase on the same month last year - despite the 2012 figure being boosted by a late Whitsun Bank Holiday and the Queen’s Jubilee. More information is available in the news item (10 July 2013).
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.
For more information about North Somerset's connectivity download Transport links in North Somerset.
- Weston Package page for information about the Major Scheme Bid.
- South Bristol Link page for details of plans for a combined road and rapid transit bus route that travels between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park
- Sustainable travel grants for businesses page for funding details from North Somerset Council