Cash for Air Balloon at last?

Momentum appears to be building behind a bid to solve the A417 ‘Missing Link’ near the Air Balloon roundabout.

Rumours are circulating that the Coalition Government will announce funding for the scheme in the Autumn Statement due early next month.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer will set out his spending plans on December 3 and a number of sources have confirmed they have been tipped off privately the money for the A417 Loop could be included.

There have been six fatalities on the road in the last year and Prospective MP Paul Hodgkinson (LD, Bourton and Northleach) is the local councillor for the notorious blackspot. He believes now is the time to take action:

“If this is true and the Chancellor is going to announce cash for this project it cannot come a moment too soon,” he said.

“I’ve campaigned hard for a solution to the problems of  gridlock, pollution and accidents and many others have done too. Transport Minister Susan Kramer visited the area with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg back in May. They saw for themselves the issues there and took a clear message back to Government – we want something done!”

“I’ve been told by council officers and Highways Agency staff that the money could be announced soon – of course we don’t know for sure but I am my keeping fingers crossed.

Now, local peer Lord Paul Tyler, who lives near the A417, has tabled a question to transport bosses in Parliament.  It calls for the Minister to take into account the recent accidents in the area and seeks to clarify the Government’s thinking over the timetable for a solution to the endless problems at the Air Balloon and A417 and to push for closure on this long running sore.

Cllr Hodgkinson added: “I’m really pleased this issue is now being heard in Parliament and I hope that this added pressure will finally get the Government backing we all want.”


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