Supporters - Gateway2Growth
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The campaign was launched by the Kingswood MP, Chris Skidmore, and has already secured local support from a number of key individuals, who recognise the importance of this new junction.
Chris Skidmore

MP for Kingswood (Conservative)

“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.”

Luke Hall

MP for Thornbury and Yate (Conservative)

“The Gateway2Growth campaign would have a number of benefits for the people of Thornbury and Yate. A new Junction 18A would significantly reduce journey times into Bristol and take pressure of our already strained road network in areas near the M4. I look forward to taking the campaign forward in my constituency and in Parliament.”

Jack Lopresti

MP for Filton and Bradley Stoke (Conservative)

“The case for Junction 18A is convincing and I hope that councillors and MPs alike will get behind the campaign. My constituency of Filton and Bradley Stoke, and the South West as a region, is seeing strong growth in business and in housing. We must have a road infrastructure to match this growth.”

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Cllr Matthew Riddle

(Leader of South Gloucestershire Council & Leader of the Conservative Group)

“I wholeheartedly support the campaign for a new junction on the M4 near Emersons Green. Congestion has long been an issue raised in South Gloucestershire Council and I am pleased to see that the campaign for Junction 18A has made such strong progress already. I look forward to seeing the plans progress over the coming months.”

Pat Rooney
Cllr Pat Rooney

(Labour Leader in South Gloucestershire Council)

“Local Labour councillors have long supported the principle of a new junction off the M4 to improve access to high-value jobs in our area, so I am delighted to be able to support the Gateway2Growth campaign.

Junction 18a will unlock the Emersons Green Enterprise Area and meet the increase in residential and commercial population in the area. It will also encourage other businesses to be based here, as the connectivity with the rest of the rest of the UK will be improved.

Labour locally supports Gateway2Growth and hopes it results in the new junction being finally delivered.”

Barbara Davies

(Chief Executive of the West of England LEP)

“The West of England Local Enterprise Partnership is fully behind the campaign for Junction 18a. Businesses in the area would benefit significantly from the improved access to the M4 and the reduced congestion on the local road network. Already, congestion is a real problem and a new junction is vital for future growth in Emersons Green and the surrounding region.”

James Durie

(Executive Director of Bristol Chamber & Initiative at Business West)

“Getting transport infrastructure right is vitally important to the long term prosperity and health of the Bristol, Bath and West of England Economy to give world class strategic connectivity for people and goods as part of a modern integrated, sustainable transport system. Whilst technology and the needs and choices of business and individuals are fast changing the 18,000 members of Business West – Chamber of Commerce for Bristol & South Gloucestershire have long recognised the need for a new junction on the M4 catering for a fast growing residential and commercial population locally and across the city region. Business West – Initiative has directly set out the need and case for this as part of a package of strategic infrastructure improvement across the northern fringe of the city – known as ‘Enterprise Arc’. We therefore strongly support the creation of a new M4 junction at this point at the earliest opportunity as an important component of our transport system”.

Adam Ward

(Asset Manager, Quantum)

“Junction 18A would show any potential investors that this is the place to do business. Not only will it improve access for those driving to and from work everyday but it will also improve access time to the Park from all parts of the UK and remove the burden placed upon existing roads surrounding Emersons Green. The new junction is important and will match the ambition that has been shown by all the business who have already invested in the area.”

Barbara Doornink

(Programme Manager and Managing Director, Leidos Europe Ltd)

“The Gateway2Growth campaign is convincing and it is high time that Emersons Green is connected properly to the M4. The benefits of a new junction in the area would be manifold – not just for businesses such as Leidos but also for residents and those commuting into Bristol.

“I am pleased to see that the government has acknowledged the comprehensive case that has been made for the proposed Junction 18a.I hope to see the campaign progress over the coming months.”