Chris welcomes M4 junction campaign success

Kingswood MP Chris Skidmore has welcomed a council report which endorses the western option for a new M4 junction 18a in South Gloucestershire.

South Gloucestershire Council’s Cabinet are being asked to support the Western option via Emersons Green as the preferred route for a new motorway junction on the M4. The Cabinet meeting is on Monday 12 March.

Mr Skidmore has campaigned for a new junction 18a since before being elected and secured government funding in 2016 to pay for a feasibility study on a new junction.

Since then South Gloucestershire Council and Highways England have been working on the study and carried out a public consultation between August and October last year which considered 2 options for a new junction, 18a – a western option at Emersons Green and a hugely controversial eastern option at Pucklechurch.

The consultation responses show that 74 per cent of people support a new junction on the M4 and a majority in favour of the western option at Emersons Green.The eastern option at Pucklechurch received significant opposition highlighted by a 2,100 name petition against it from Mr Skidmore and neighbouring MP Luke Hall.

Chris Skidmore said:

“I am delighted that our campaigning has paid off and that the western option at Emersons Green is being recommended. This will do so much to relieve traffic congestion and boost jobs locally.

The eastern option at Pucklechurch was always a terrible idea and I’m pleased that it is being dismissed following our petition. Having fought for a new junction and secured the government funding for this study, I am keen to see Highways England take this project forward and see this new junction built without delay to benefit Kingswood.”

Subject to funding and consent, the junction and link road could be built from 2025 onwards.