North Somerset offers excellent transport links with motorway access, high speed Intercity and local commuter trains, Bristol Airport and Royal Portbury Docks.
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.
More than 571,000* passengers used Bristol Airport in October 2013, surpassing the previous record for that month. The record total represented growth of 4.45 per cent over the previous year. It continues the trend seen throughout the summer, which included the busiest month in the Airport’s history (August) as well as the highest passenger numbers seen in June and July respectively. For more information visit our news item (15 November 2013).
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.
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.
Further information within this website:
- 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
- Download Transport links in North Somerset (pdf) for more information about North Somerset's connectivity.