North Somerset is very well connected to the rest of the UK and beyond by road, rail, air and sea.
Bristol Airport is located in the heart of North Somerset and is the largest in South West England. There are curerntly over 120 scheduled and chartered services operating from the airport to a wide range of European, domestic and international destinations. These include several key business destinations:
The number of people passing through the terminal during 2014 was up 3.45 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 (8 January 2015).
A record 723,000 passengers used Bristol Airport in August 2014, which was the highest total for any month in the history of the airport. Passenger numbers for 2014 reached 6.23 million, surpassing the previous total for a calendar year.
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.
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.