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 2013 was up 3.4 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. For more information visit our news item (13 January 2014).
More than 646,000 passengers used Bristol Airport in June 2014, surpassing the previous record for that month. This represented a 3.34 per cent increase over the same period last year, which was also the previous record. Passenger numbers for the last 12 months also reached 6.23 million, surpassing the record total for a calendar year achieved in 2008 for the first time. For more information visit our news item (22 July 2014).
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.
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.
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.