MPs' shock at M4 link proposals

Published on: 28 Jul 2017

CHRIS Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, has spoken of his shock that a £500,000 review into plans for a new junction with the M4 has come up with an unexpected route.

Mr Skidmore is a strong supporter of the so-called Junction 18a, on the motorway between Tormarton and the M32, and successfully campaigned for a feasibility study.

He had expected it to explore the options for a link behind the science park in Emersons Green or at the Willy Wicket junction in Downend, where the ring road and M4 are almost touching.

Instead, a leaked document shows the science park option and an alternative near Pucklechurch, with two link road options to a junction on the ring road at Siston. 

Mr Skidmore and Thornbury and Yate MP Luke Hall told a public meeting in Pucklechurch that they would fight this new suggestion, which would threaten the green belt. 

Mr Skidmore has set up a petition www.chrisskidmore.com/m4link.

Official consultation on the options will start on August 21 and last six weeks.

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