18 Mar Government announces funding for Gateway2Growth campaign in the Budget
The Government announced yesterday in the March Budget that £500,000 is to be spent on a feasibility study for a new junction 18a on the M4. The announcement represents a huge step forward for the Gateway2Growth campaign and goes to show how successful the campaigning of local MPs Chris Skidmore, Luke Hall, Ben Howlett and Jack Lopresti has been.
In total the backing of almost 1,300 local residents and over 100 businesses has been secured so far, and proposals for the new junction have cross-party support within South Gloucestershire Council.
Chris Skidmore, the MP for Kingswood and parliamentary champion of the campaign, said:
“Ever since being elected back in 2010, I have fought tirelessly to get an M4 link to the ring road considered, holding debates and gathering thousands of petition signatures. With the strength of the Gateway2Growth campaign, we now have the £500,000 for a study we need to get this project off the ground. I am delighted that the Government is now giving this campaign serious consideration thanks to the thousands of residents who have supported the campaign so far.”
Luke Hall, the MP for Thornbury and Yate, said:
“I am delighted to see that after my campaign for investment in infrastructure in our area through that the M4 Link scheme has been granted such a significant amount of funding to go forward to the next stage. This has been made possible by sound control of the public finances and a strong economy which is delivering for South Gloucestershire.”
The estimated £50 million #M4link project could open up at least 7,000 jobs, as well as take pressure off the M4, M32 and other major roads around north and east Bristol, particularly the A4174 Avon Ring Road. In addition, the project would attract new business investment and highly skilled employment to the Emersons Green Enterprise Area and Bristol and Bath Science Park, particularly in high technology industries.
A report into the case for investment in Junction 18a, authored by the University of Bath, has previously been unveiled in the House of Commons. This can be read online here.