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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