JBP’s motorway junction campaign gets support from PM

27 March 2015, News

A major new transport infrastructure project was launched by JBP today at Bristol and Bath Science Park. The initiative “Gateway2Growth” has been designed to draw attention to the benefits of building a new junction on the M4. The proposed junction, Junction 18A, would provide improved access to the Emersons Green area and the action group consists of organisations from the surrounding areas.

Chris Skidmore, MP for Kingswood, was the keynote speaker at the launch event, which was attended by around 30 local businesses, decision makers and political leaders. The campaign has already gained the support of Labour and the Conservatives in South Gloucestershire, as well as backing from the West of England LEP and Business West.

The campaign’s objectives were brought to the attention of the Prime Minister by Mr Skidmore during the final historic question of Prime Ministers’ Questions in this Parliament. The PM replied that “better transit” schemes were needed in the area and that he would be happy for the Transport Secretary to review this project.

The launch campaign was featured as the lead news story on local media on the launch day, attracting coverage with every local media outlet and supported by online discussions.

Over the next few months, the campaign will be rolled out further as the action group grows and plans develop for the new junction proposals.

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