|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||4.5 miles (7.2 km)|
|Meets:||M4, A4174, A4320|
|Route outline (key)|
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.
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 with a 40mph speed limit 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.
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.
- The County Council of Avon (M32 Motorway (Hambrook Interchange to Lower Ashley Road Interchange) and Connecting Roads) (Revocation) Scheme 1989 Confirmation Instrument 1989
- The M32 Motorway (Hambrook Interchange to Lower Ashley Road Interchange) and Connecting Roads Scheme 1989 - presumably these two orders allow the motorway became a trunk route