Businesses step up call for M4 junction

Published on: 29 Dec 2015

Luke Hall, left, and Chris Skidmore, hand the petition over to Andrew Jones

MORE than 100 local businesses have signed a letter calling on the Government to deliver the funding for a new motorway junction at Emersons Green.
Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore and Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall presented it to Junior Transport Minister Andrew Jones in the House of Commons.
The campaign for junction 18A on to the M4 has been gathering momentum in recent months, following a debate in Parliament and the launch of a University of Bath report, putting forward the economic case for the new junction.
More than 1,000 local people have signed a petition backing the junction as part of the Gateway 2 Growth campaign.
Supporters say the 7,000 new jobs expected in the area over the next decade will put a significant strain on the road network.
Mr Skidmore said: “I believe we have so far presented a clear and convincing case that this junction should be part of the future infrastructure of South Gloucestershire, and this letter only adds to that.
“There has been significant economic development in this area and we need a road infrastructure to cater for this growth and the future development that is expected here.
“I have been leading the campaign for the new 18A link since entering Westminster and the need for a new road link is becoming more pressing than ever if we are to maximise the area’s economic potential.”

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