Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown meets with Transport Secretary to discuss changes to "dangerous" A417 road

Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown meets with Transport Secretary to discuss changes to "dangerous" A417 road Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton-Brown meets with Transport Secretary to discuss changes to "dangerous" A417 road

A MEETING between three Gloucestershire politicians and the Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP has taken place following the deaths of three people on the A417.

Cotswold MP Geoffrey Clifton Brown along with Gloucestershire County Council leader Mark Hawhtorne and Laurence Robertson, MP for Tewkesbury, met with Mr McLoughlin to discuss how the notorious stretch of road can be improved.

The Gloucestershire delegation demanded improvements on the 5km stretch, commonly referred to as the Missing Link, on safety, environmental and economic grounds.

Mr Clifton-Brown said: “The tragic fatalities recently have highlighted how dangerous this road is. This missing link has been a restraining factor in Gloucestershire’s economic growth for far too long.

“We need to do all that we can to ensure that a solution is high up on the national priorities.”

During the meeting, it was heard that over the next 12 months the Highways Agency will be determining its next round of major projects that are considered a national priority.

The Transport Secretary explained that in order for the A417 to make the list, Gloucestershire leaders would need to put forward a strong case with one voice.

Cllr Hawthorne said: “Now the hard work begins to build a coalition, both in Gloucestershire and outside our county, with councils, businesses and individuals all pushing to make sure that this road gets the improvement it so badly needs.”

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4:36pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Iansky says...

How sad that it took the deaths of 3 people in 1 day for the politicians to take a proactive stance on a problem many others have been aware of and in some cases suffered life changing events from and even fatalities as a result of this master blunder if planning.

Lets hope it is finally resolved and procrastination is not in evidence yet again from those who have the power to get a solution.
How sad that it took the deaths of 3 people in 1 day for the politicians to take a proactive stance on a problem many others have been aware of and in some cases suffered life changing events from and even fatalities as a result of this master blunder if planning. Lets hope it is finally resolved and procrastination is not in evidence yet again from those who have the power to get a solution. Iansky

5:10pm Wed 4 Dec 13

five-0 says...

What a shame Mr Hawthorns own Council refuses to fund Road Safety in his own County a bit hipocritical of him to insist others take action on a road that is not his responsibilty but happens to run through his County.
Is Mr Hawthorn willing to invest in the safety of those traveling on other roads in the county?
It seems not!!!
What a shame Mr Hawthorns own Council refuses to fund Road Safety in his own County a bit hipocritical of him to insist others take action on a road that is not his responsibilty but happens to run through his County. Is Mr Hawthorn willing to invest in the safety of those traveling on other roads in the county? It seems not!!! five-0

7:05pm Wed 4 Dec 13

Olly Cromwell says...

Can we rely on 17 years of Tory inaction to resolve this problem?

Last March these same idiots came up with a no right turn solution at the roundabout.
Can we rely on 17 years of Tory inaction to resolve this problem? Last March these same idiots came up with a no right turn solution at the roundabout. Olly Cromwell

10:28am Thu 5 Dec 13

Geoff66 says...

So after what 20 years....the politicians have actually decided to get involved and get something done about "the missing link". They should try sitting in the queues that build up twice daily and see for themselves what a major pain this road has been for all that use it.

Instead of sitting in the back of your chauffeur driven cars, get behind your steering wheel and experience the morning or afternoon rush hours for yourselves.

This "Missing link" is a travesty and is also making the Cotswold's a laughing stock.
So after what 20 years....the politicians have actually decided to get involved and get something done about "the missing link". They should try sitting in the queues that build up twice daily and see for themselves what a major pain this road has been for all that use it. Instead of sitting in the back of your chauffeur driven cars, get behind your steering wheel and experience the morning or afternoon rush hours for yourselves. This "Missing link" is a travesty and is also making the Cotswold's a laughing stock. Geoff66

2:30pm Thu 5 Dec 13

Al Smith says...

Considering two of the vicitims came from Wiltshire (and the A417/9 links the two counties) why not get some Wiltshire MPs involved as well?
Considering two of the vicitims came from Wiltshire (and the A417/9 links the two counties) why not get some Wiltshire MPs involved as well? Al Smith

8:12am Fri 6 Dec 13

Iansky says...

Wont work Al,
That takes lateral thinking and forethought, two traits the current breed of political game players do not have!
Wont work Al, That takes lateral thinking and forethought, two traits the current breed of political game players do not have! Iansky

10:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

MR DOBBY says...

THEY SAID THEY WILL START TALKING ABOUT IT, TALK WON` T FIX THE PROBLEM.
MARK MY WORDS, THEY WILL STILL BE TALKING IN FIVE PLUS YEARS TIME.
THEY SAID THEY WILL START TALKING ABOUT IT, TALK WON` T FIX THE PROBLEM. MARK MY WORDS, THEY WILL STILL BE TALKING IN FIVE PLUS YEARS TIME. MR DOBBY

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