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Emerson's Green

Coordinates: 51°29′41″N 2°30′18″W / 51.4947°N 2.5049°W / 51.4947; -2.5049

Emersons Green
OS grid reference ST650774
Unitary authority South Gloucestershire
Ceremonial county Gloucestershire
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BRISTOL
Postcode district BS16
Dialling code 0117p
Police Avon and Somerset
Fire Avon
Ambulance Great Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament Kingswood
List of places

Emersons Green is a residential area on the northern outskirts of Bristol, England. It was developed from farming land during the 1990s and early 21st century, and sits within the historic village of Mangotsfield and near Downend. Emersons Green, Mangotsfield lies within the Unitary Authority of South Gloucestershire, and is part of the Parliamentary Constituency of Kingswood.


The area was selected for development as part of the Avon county Structure Plan in 1985. Formerly green belt land within Mangotsfield Parish and bordering Downend, it was proposed to develop the area that now constitutes Emersons Green Housing Development, Mangotsfield, with the green belt area being moved outwards. This area would also contain parts of the extensions to the A4174 Avon ring road. Confusion over its correct designation is caused by he development company (flowers and hayes) naming the construction site and sub0company Emersons green Village. This is std practice to protect the holding company in the event of a business failure.

Coal was mined from the area during the 19th century. To the south there is a quarry, which has been reactivated.


Three areas of Emersons Green can be identified, according to the original development plan:

  • 150 hectares to the west and south of the A4174 containing housing and the retail park which includes the Sainsbury's supermarket.
  • 31.5 hectares bordered by the M4, A4174 and Westerleigh Road. A business park was built on this area in the late 1990s.
  • About 175 hectares to the north-east of the A4174 and south of Westerleigh Road. This area has been highlighted for the building of a science research park in conjunction with Bristol University and University of the West of England. The land remains undeveloped.


Emersons Green is 6 miles from the centre of Bristol and 10 miles from Bath. p Rail: Bristol Parkway is 4.5 miles away and Temple Meads is 6 miles away. Both have frequent service to London, the North and the West Country.

Buses : The 48, 49 and 462 bus services run between Bristol City Centre and Emersons Green. The 48 and 49 services run every 15 minutes, then every 30 minutes on a Sunday. The 18 links to the MOD, Parkway, Frenchay and Southmead Hospitals

Cycle track : The Bristol & Bath Railway Path is nearby. There is also a route north along the ring road.

Roads: Emerson's Green was built as a car-based suburb. It is bordered by the Avon Ring Road, which travels north to the M32 and south to the A4 and then the city centre. Traffic frequently becomes congested on the route during the morning rush hour. This the result of poor management at a level and the drivers that insist on using the roads.

Pubs and bars

There are four pubs in Emersons Green, these are The Willy Wicket,The Emersons Green Beefeater, The Langley Arms, and The Mill House. Just the other side is of the A4174 is The Folly, which pre-dates the Emersons Green development and so has traditionally been seen as on the outskirts of Downend even though its postal address is now Emersons Green.


The library is near Sainsbury's supermarket.


Emersons Green Primary School; Mangotsfield Primary School


A new area of housing and business is planned for the Green Belt area east of the A4174 ring road.

A park and ride is planned; questions remain as to whether it will be developed on council land, or as previously agreed on developer-owned land.

Planning permission for a Science and Technology park, named 'SPark', has been granted for an area of land adjacent to the M4 motorway and the A4174 ringroad. Construction of the £300 million Science Park began in early 2010. A link road connecting the M4 to the Avon ringroad (A4174) has now been considered a necessary addition to the area, to accommodate the increase in traffic due to the Science Park. SPark is expected to create 6,000 new jobs within the science and technology sector, and is due for completion in 2020.

External links

  • BBC gallery
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