25 Nov MPs win business’ backing for M4 junction campaign
More than 100 businesses have backed our campaign for a new junction on the M4 outside Emersons Green.
Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, and Luke Hall, MP for Thornbury & Yate, have used the the backing of local businesses in renewed calls on the government to invest in a new junction.
The two MPs have written to the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to call for the Government to allocate funding for the project.
The proposed Junction 18A would address increasing residential and commercial demands being placed on Emersons Green, which is already experiencing significant growth. Over the next 10 years, it is anticipated that 7,000 new jobs will be created in the area and this is due to put a significant strain on the local road network.
The campaign for the new junction has already made significant progress since it began in March 2015. It has won cross-party support on South Gloucestershire Council, been the subject of debates in the House of Commons, and in September a report making the business case for the new junction was launched in Parliament, where the Transport Minister Andrew Jones gave a speech in support of the campaign.
Chris Skidmore said: “I am pleased that so many businesses have given the Gateway2Growth campaign their support. It is high time that the Government recognises how strained the road network is in Emersons Green and the surrounding area.
“With the region seeing such strong economic growth in recent years, and with further growth predicted, it is crucial that we have the infrastructure in place to accommodate the ambition of the area.”
Luke Hall added: “The Gateway2Growth campaign has overwhelming support among local residents, politicians and now the business community. There is a clear and convincing case for the proposed Junction 18A and this letter to the Transport Secretary represents another big step forward for the campaign.
“I would urge all those who have yet to register their support for the campaign to visit the Gateway2Growth website and join others in signing our petition.”