Science Park chosen for launch of local transport initiative
A number of prominent figures from the business, academic and political world attended the event at the Park, and speeches were given by Kingswood MP, Chris Skidmore, as the keynote speaker, as well as Adam Ward, Asset Manager from Quantum, the property partnership driving the Science Park’s development, and local ward Councillor, Colin Hunt.
Ahead of the launch, the campaign to build Junction 18A has already received the support of Labour and Conservatives in South Gloucestershire. The issue was even raised directly with the Prime Minister when Chris Skidmore asked the final question in the last Prime Ministers’ Questions of this Parliament. David Cameron stated that he supports the need for better transport infrastructure in the area and has requested the Transport Secretary reviews the campaign.
Also supporting the campaign are the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) and Business West.
Mr Skidmore said: “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.”
Adam Ward said: “This is a great opportunity for the Park and other organisations based in the surrounding areas. In some cases it will see a 30 minute reduction in journey time to get to BBSP. This type of infrastructure project is needed to show that the Government matches the ambition that businesses in the area have shown in recent years.”