M32

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M32
Cameraicon.png View gallery (13)
From: Winterbourne (ST641794)
To: Easton (ST600741)
Length: 4.5 miles (7.2 km)
Meets:  M4, A4174, A4320
Highway Authorities

Highways England

Traditional Counties

Gloucestershire

Route outline (key)
M32 Bristol Parkway
Junction List
Junc Northbound Southbound
0 M4 Start of Road
1 A4174 A4174
- Local buses only No Exit
2 B4469 B4469
3 Start of Road A4320, A4032
' A4044 A4044
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For detailed information about this topic, see CBRD Motorway Database and Pathetic Motorways

The M32 is a motorway near Bristol, that connects the M4 (and thence to the M5) to Bristol city centre. It was built as part of the Bristol City Development Plan of the 1960s and is the only two digit motorway to begin with 3.

Route

Approaching the terminal junction with the M4 on the M32

It starts at a teardrop junction underneath the M4 mainline, which is almost a roundabout, then heads towards Bristol as three lanes. Almost immediately, one peels off onto J1 with the A4174 ring road, while the remaining two continue straight on to J2. After this, the motorway runs on an elevated section through the Bristol suburbs, where it ends on J3 with the A4320. The A4032 Newfoundland Way takes up the remainder of dual carriageway towards the inner ring road.

History

Construction of the Hambrook roundabout, where the M32 meets the A4174, circa 1970

The M32 was built in three stages - the initial spur between M4 and Junction 1 opened in 1966, along with the corresponding section of M4. J1 to J2 opened in 1970 and the remainder was completed in 1975. Problems with negotiations between Gloucestershire County Council and Bristol City Council accumulated to the delays of the inner city sections.

In 1972, a major fire broke out on the M32 mainline, causing the entire southbound carriageway as constructed to be closed for 6 days. The J2 exit slip was closed for even longer.

Opening Dates

For detailed information about this section, see CBRD Motorway Database: M32 Timeline

Links

CBRD

Roads UK

Pathetic Motorways




M32
JunctionsEastville Interchange • Frenchay Interchange • Hambrook Interchange • Lower Ashley Road Interchange • M32 Bus Only Junction
PlacesBristol
Related Pictures
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A4174 Improvement - Coppermine - 23782.jpgApproaching the M32 - Coppermine - 3752.jpgBristol- the end of the M32 - Geograph - 2969325.jpgM32 Southern Terminus.pngM32 flyover and junction with Muller Road - Geograph - 2406693.jpg
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