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Political leaders united on A417 Missing Link scheme to improve Gloucestershire road

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 31, 2014

united for loop:  From left, councillors Mark Hawthorne, Lesley Williams and Colin Hay drumming up support for the A417 scheme at the Air Balloon roundabout yesterday.

united for loop: From left, councillors Mark Hawthorne, Lesley Williams and Colin Hay drumming up support for the A417 scheme at the Air Balloon roundabout yesterday.

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IT is time to put all political squabbling aside and unite behind plans to 'Fill the A417 Missing Link' in Gloucestershire.

That was the rallying cry from political leaders in the county yesterday, who have pledged to support plans to replace the dangerous stretch of single carriageway between Cowley and Brockworth with dual-carriageway bypass the A417 Loop.

Building the new road would require £255million in government funding.

But leaders of the county's main political parties say unblocking the notorious bottleneck and accident black spot would not only save lives, but also do wonders for the region's economy.

County council leader Mark Hawthorne, who is also leader of the Conservatives, said: "This is not a time to play party politics – it's about what's best for Gloucestershire.

"I'm delighted that we have got the whole council behind this.

"With more than 2,000 pledges of support already, word is spreading about the chance we have to fix this bottleneck once and for all."

Mr Hawthorne was joined by leaders of the Liberal Democrat and Labour parties in Gloucestershire in pledging support for the scheme yesterday.

The Highways Agency will set out its future priorities at the end of March and it is hoped the A417 Loop will be included. To support the campaign go to a417missinglink.co.uk.

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  • JemmyWood  |  February 01 2014, 12:20PM

    So Henchman Hawthorne says its not time to play party politics over this.... So completely unlike what he and his cohorts have done in an attempt to dump an incinerator on Gloucesters doorstep and leave the county with a £25M millstone round our necks.

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  • jackson99  |  January 31 2014, 5:08PM

    How would it do wonders for the counties ecomomy? please elabroate. Plus the pub would lose out if the link was built.

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