Backing from Transport minister for new motorway link

Published on: 02 Feb 2016

TRANSPORT Secretary Patrick McLoughlin has given his backing to the campaign for a new motorway link at Emersons Green.
He met the area’s Mps, Chris Skidmore, Jack Lopresti and Luke Hall with Bath MP Ben Howlett to hear how much junction 18a on the M4 was needed. They are all part of the Gateway2Growth campaign for the link.
Mr Skidmore, Conservative MP for Kingswood, said: “I was delighted that it was such a positive meeting where we had chance to talk about the new ways of funding that may be available to the project. As the local MP I know just what a difference this link would have on the area – it would ease congestion for local residents, tempt more businesses to move here, and increase productivity for those that are already based in the constituency.”
Mr McLoughlin said: ‘I know just what a difference a new junction 18a on the M4 would make to Bristol and the surrounding areas. Transport has a key role in unlocking growth potential and I have seen for myself the plans that are in place if this scheme is built. I am sure that local MPs and the LEP will continue to work together to promote the benefits of a new junction and I look forward to hearing more from the Gateway2Growth campaign.”

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