A370 road

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A370 road
A370 Long Ashton Bypass bridge over the Great Western Main Line
Major junctions
From: Bristol
  [ M 5  ] M5 motorway
A4 A4 road
A369 A369 road
A371 A371 road
A3069 A3069 road
A38 A38 road
To: East Brent
Road network

The A370 is a primary road in England running from Bristol to Weston-super-Mare and on to East Brent (near Brent Knoll) in Somerset. A more direct route from Bristol to East Brent is the A38.

Route[edit]

Within Bristol urban area, the road begins at Bath Road roundabout, at the busy junction with A4 near Temple Meads. It then follows the new cut of River Avon west to Cumberland basin, via Bedminster.

From here on, it begins to head south-westwards out of the City. It first bypasses Long Ashton, then passes through Flax Bourton, Backwell, Brockley, Cleeve, Congresbury and Hewish, beyone which it crosses the M5 motorway at junction 21.

The road then enters Weston-super-Mare: a dual carriageway extends most of the way, by passing the built-up area to the east of the town. On reaching the waterfront, the road turns south to run partly along the beach, then leaves Weston at Uphill. It passes Bleadon and Lympsham before meeting the A38 road at East Brent.[1]

Condition[edit]

The A370 can get extremely busy during rush hour.[2] Congestion points include the approaches to the M5 motorway, the traffic lights in Congresbury and the Long Ashton bypass—which now has a high-occupancy vehicle lane solely for use by buses, taxis, motorcycles, and cars with two or more occupants.

Future[edit]

As part of the "Greater Bristol Strategic Transport Study", a link road is under consideration to the south of Bristol.[3][4] This is in part due to the congestion at Winterstoke road and Barrow Gurney,[5] both of which are very busy, especially the latter where the road can only accommodate travelling at one direction at a given time); and the incomplete Bristol Ring Road (A4174).

Points of interest[edit]


Point Coordinates
(Links to map resources)
OS Grid Ref Notes
Bristol 51°26′50″N 2°34′56″W / 51.4473°N 2.5822°W / 51.4473; -2.5822 (Bristol) ST596721 Bristol
M5 junction 21 51°21′32″N 2°53′37″W / 51.3588°N 2.8935°W / 51.3588; -2.8935 (M5 junction 21) ST378625 Intersection with M5 motorway
East Brent 51°15′28″N 2°56′00″W / 51.2578°N 2.9332°W / 51.2578; -2.9332 (East Brent) ST349513 East Brent, Somerset


References[edit]

  1. ^ "A370: Bristol - East Brent". SABRE. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  2. ^ Harding, Julie (2008-12-15). "Cyclist killed in Bristol road accident". This is Bristol. Archived from the original on 7 May 2009. Retrieved 2009-04-03. 
  3. ^ "Greater Bristol Transport Strategy". Atkins. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  4. ^ "South Bristol Link – A370 Junction". North Somerset Council. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 
  5. ^ "Village calls on North Somerset to clear drains to avoid road disaster". Evening Post. Retrieved 12 December 2010. 

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