M4 junction 'would put us on map' - MP
Published on: 01 Jul 2016
FURTHER evidence that the Government is making a new M4 junction near Emersons Green a priority has been welcomed by the local MP.
Conservative Chris Skidmore said a statement from Communities Minister Greg Clark that the scheme is one of only a few being considered by Highways England confirmed that the project was being seriously considered.
Mr Skidmore has campaigned for a junction 18a for several years and spearheaded the launch of the cross-party Gateway 2 Growth organisation, which is backed by more than 100 businesses and thousands of residents.
In his last Budget, Chancellor George Osborne announced a £500,000 feasibility study for the motorway link.
Mr Clark, in a letter to the leaders of South Gloucestershire and Bath and North East Somerset councils, said: “Government has confirmed that a new Junction 18A, plus a link road to the Bristol Ring Road, could be at the front of the queue for funding in the next road investment strategy.”
He said it could shave five miles and as much as 15 minutes off peak-time journeys to Swindon.
Mr Skidmore said: “This latest statement is great news in showing that the M4 Link is now a real possibility. I am determined to fight for the maximum possible investment in our area to make people’s lives better, and I believe that a junction has an important part to play in putting Kingswood area on the map.”