Petition bid to secure backing for junction
Published on: 12 Aug 2015
A petition calling for the M4 link and creation of junction 18a is being delivered to every house in the Kingswood constituency this summer.
MP Chris Skidmore wants residents to sign up to show their support. The petition is also available online at http://gateway2growth.co.uk/petition/
It says: “Emersons Green is seeing strong growth in investment, jobs and housing. The Emersons Green Enterprise Area, for example, has been identified as a key area for economic growth over the next 12 years, with up to 7,000 jobs expected to be created.
“It is crucial that South Gloucestershire has a road infrastructure to match the area’s ambitions for growth. Junction 18A will help to attract investment to the area, including for the Bristol and Bath Science Park, ease congestion on the strained local road network and reduce journey times for those commuting by car into Bristol from South Gloucestershire.”
In his letter to constituents, Mr Skidmore says: “I am committed to ensuring that the M4 Link remains at the top of the agenda in government for our local area - we have cross local authority support and the support of all political parties in South Gloucestershire, so I hope that we can continue to push the case for why a link to the ring road and a new Junction 18a would benefit not just our local area, but bring economic growth to the whole of the Bristol region.
“I have campaigned on the M4 link consistently for years, but I feel that there is no better time nor opportunity than now to finally deliver this vital piece of infrastucture. Already we have
the Bristol and Bath Science Park, Business West and other key local businesses getting behind the campaign, which now has real momentum. Please sign the petition if you agree, as I hope the overwhelming strength of local support will help add to the case we are making.”