28 Mar Gateway2Growth Campaign Sees Successful Launch at Bristol & Bath Science Park
Today the Gateway2Growth action group was launched by Kingswood MP, Chris Skidmore, at Bristol and Bath Science Park.
The campaign, which has been set up to draw attention to the benefits of a new junction on the M4 to improve access to the Emersons Green area, saw a great turnout for the official launch.
A number of prominent figures from the business, academic and political world attended, and speeches were given by Mr Skidmore, as the keynote speaker, as well as Adam Ward from Quantum, the property partnership behind the Science Park, and local ward Councillor, Colin Hunt.
Ahead of the launch, the campaign to build Junction 18A has already received the support of Labour and Conservatives in South Gloucestershire. The issue was even raised directly with the Prime Minister when Chris Skidmore asked the final question in the last Prime Ministers’ Questions of this Parliament. David Cameron stated that he supports the need for better transport infrastructure in the area and has requested the Transport Secretary reviews the campaign.
During the launch, Mr Skidmore said: “I am delighted that the campaign for Junction 18A has been launched; it is an issue that has been neglected for far too long. 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 fight for the new 18a link since entering Westminster and the need for a new road link is more becoming pressing than ever if we are to maximise the area’s economic potential and minimise future congestion for people living and working here.”
The campaign launch grabbed the headlines today too, taking the top news spot on many of the local media channels.
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