Air Balloon upgrade to be ‘taken very seriously’ by Government

A notorious traffic blackspot has been seen first hand by the Deputy Prime Minister and Transport Minister.

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Prospective MP for the Cotswolds Cllr Paul Hodgkinson invited Nick Clegg and Susan Kramer to see for themselves the ongoing issues at the Air Balloon A417 junction last Friday.

Following the latest death in the area 2 weeks ago, Cllr Hodgkinson said that urgent action must happen without any further delay:

“There have been 5 deaths in this location in the last 6 months. Such a sad waste of life is coupled with dreadful congestion and pollution problems. Politicians have been to Westminster to get a solution but I’ve asked Westminster to come to the area to see first hand why this has to be fixed.”

A campaign to get the ‘Missing Link’ on the A417 solved with a dual carriageway has gained momentum recently. Now, Mr Clegg has pledged that the Government will look at the issue “very seriously” after seeing the problems caused by the notorious stretch of road.

Mr Clegg was presented with the compelling argument by Paul Hodgkinson in favour of replacing the road between the Cowley roundabout and Brockworth with a new dual carriageway. The Transport Minister Susan Kramer also heard from residents the issue of rat- running through local villages as a result of gridlock on the A417.

Cllr Hodgkinson added, “My call for a commitment from Government to get this blackspot fixed has a better chance than ever before of turning into real action. This is having a real impact on the regional economy and I won’t rest until this is sorted out.”

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