Transport Secretary says A417 Missing Link scheme could receive funding boost

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, centre, meets with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Laurence Robertson, MP, and Alex Chalk, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham, at the Air Balloon roundabout at Birdlip (8309827)

Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, centre, meets with Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP, Laurence Robertson, MP, and Alex Chalk, Prospective Parliamentary Candidate for Cheltenham, at the Air Balloon roundabout at Birdlip (8309827)

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Wilts and Gloucestershire Standard: Brendan McFadden
Wilts and Glos Standard by , Reporter

THE Transport Secretary has revealed that a project to make improvements to the A417 Missing Link could receive funding from the government.

Gloucestershire County Council launched the A417 Loop campaign in January – a £255 million scheme to improve the road, that would include replacing the single-lane route from Cowley to Brockworth with a dual carriageway.

Patrick McLoughlin announced today that the scheme could be given cash, whilst visiting the Air Balloon roundabout , which saw him he discussed proposals with Tewkesbury MP Lawrence Robertson, Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and county council officials.

Mr McLoughlin explained that George Osborne has highlighted six road schemes across the country including the Missing Link that could benefit from funding.

He said: “We are looking at it, the very fact that it is included in one of our schemes says it is an important priority.

“The chancellor has commissioned extra money for road schemes and we are in a serious position to consider this scheme later this year.”

“We are at the moment working with the Highways Agency and the county council and have done a huge amount of work and I wanted to come and see it first hand.”

 “The county council and the Highways Agency have been working to find the right solution for the missing link. I am interested in what they are doing. It is not an easy area to engineer and it is a big project as well.”

More than 4,600 people and businesses have pledged their support to the Loop.

The road is used by more than 34,000 vehicles a day and has one of the worst average vehicle delays of all routes in the region.

In the past 15 years there have been more than 340 casualties on the stretch of road.

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5:30pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

"Could be" , "Could benefit" "Could start".

This is politico speak meaning absolutely nothing. This " McLoughlin the Mad" electioneering to try and save GCB's majority at the next Election.....
Nothing will happen between now at May 2015 except a lot of lies such as " the budget will be approved after the Election with work commencing shortly afterwards".........
..

McLoughlin instead of familiarising himself with what a roundabout looks like should be kicking GCC all over the place saying " you have had the funding why are there potholes allover Gloucestershire? ".... but that doesnt get votes but it can lose you some though !

Anyway we all recall what a thieving bxxxxxd he is

" Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory chief whip, also claimed thousands of pounds for redecorating work at his detached country house in Derbyshire.
They included receipts in the name of his wife, Lynne, whom he pays up to £40,000 a year to work as his assistant in his constituency office, and who hired local companies to carry out work on bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and a “play room”.

He even admits it
http://www.totalpoli
tics.com/articles/34
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"Could be" , "Could benefit" "Could start". This is politico speak meaning absolutely nothing. This " McLoughlin the Mad" electioneering to try and save GCB's majority at the next Election..... Nothing will happen between now at May 2015 except a lot of lies such as " the budget will be approved after the Election with work commencing shortly afterwards"......... .. McLoughlin instead of familiarising himself with what a roundabout looks like should be kicking GCC all over the place saying " you have had the funding why are there potholes allover Gloucestershire? ".... but that doesnt get votes but it can lose you some though ! Anyway we all recall what a thieving bxxxxxd he is " Patrick McLoughlin, the Tory chief whip, also claimed thousands of pounds for redecorating work at his detached country house in Derbyshire. They included receipts in the name of his wife, Lynne, whom he pays up to £40,000 a year to work as his assistant in his constituency office, and who hired local companies to carry out work on bedrooms, ensuite bathrooms and a “play room”. He even admits it http://www.totalpoli tics.com/articles/34 8867/and39i-was-a-to ry-bastardand39-patr ick-mcloughlin.thtml Col Mustard
  • Score: 0

6:46pm Wed 16 Jul 14

Olly Cromwell says...

No shovels and no hard hats !

Just a desire to copy Cllr Hodgkinson's coup when he brought the Deputy Prime Minister to the trouble spot after 27 long years of Tory neglect.
No shovels and no hard hats ! Just a desire to copy Cllr Hodgkinson's coup when he brought the Deputy Prime Minister to the trouble spot after 27 long years of Tory neglect. Olly Cromwell
  • Score: 3

10:56pm Wed 16 Jul 14

MR DOBBY says...

JUST A DAY OUT OF THE OFFICE AND HO GOOD THERES A PUB RIGHT NEXT DOOR.
WE CAN CAIM ON EXPENSES.
WE BE BACK, IN ANOTHER FEW YEARS.
JUST A DAY OUT OF THE OFFICE AND HO GOOD THERES A PUB RIGHT NEXT DOOR. WE CAN CAIM ON EXPENSES. WE BE BACK, IN ANOTHER FEW YEARS. MR DOBBY
  • Score: -4

8:23am Thu 17 Jul 14

Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum says...

"Could be" , "Could benefit" "Could start".

Sums it up ..... will never happen

Do these idiots think WE are that stupid?
"Could be" , "Could benefit" "Could start". Sums it up ..... will never happen Do these idiots think WE are that stupid? Supreme Chancellor Finis Valorum
  • Score: -2

8:34am Thu 17 Jul 14

Iansky says...

Looks like a lot of political back slapping, hand shaking for photos and grins.

I suspect many will not be holding their breath for this to happen as promises made by politicians are broken more often than they are kept and all the time, mor people are injured and more lives lost!
Looks like a lot of political back slapping, hand shaking for photos and grins. I suspect many will not be holding their breath for this to happen as promises made by politicians are broken more often than they are kept and all the time, mor people are injured and more lives lost! Iansky
  • Score: -1

10:49am Fri 18 Jul 14

Susie Clark says...

Hardly a coup bringing Nick Clegg along - he probably changed his mind as soon as he got back to London, especially as his own Cheltenham Lib Dem MP opposes the scheme.Sorry, Olly, patting yourself on the back is no substitute for results.
Hardly a coup bringing Nick Clegg along - he probably changed his mind as soon as he got back to London, especially as his own Cheltenham Lib Dem MP opposes the scheme.Sorry, Olly, patting yourself on the back is no substitute for results. Susie Clark
  • Score: 3

2:14pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

Nick Clegg does not have a mind just a overly ambitious Spanish, City Lawyer as a wife...... one can more than surmise the type of charming individual she is ?......

I bet they play the "Guess if I am telling the truth or lying game " in the evening . What with Clegg and a Lawyer wife that must be fun!
Nick Clegg does not have a mind just a overly ambitious Spanish, City Lawyer as a wife...... one can more than surmise the type of charming individual she is ?...... I bet they play the "Guess if I am telling the truth or lying game " in the evening . What with Clegg and a Lawyer wife that must be fun! Col Mustard
  • Score: 3

3:30pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Claire.M says...

In fairness to Clifton-Brown, I seem to remember he's been campaigning on the A417 issue for 20+ years - I recall he played a key role in getting the A417/A419 converted to dual carriageway (except the "missing link") between Gloucester and Swindon back in the mid-late 1990s. But then we had 13 years of Labour government and during that time it seemed there was little appetite in the corridors of power at Whitehall to deal with the "missing link" problem. It's only since 2010 that the issue seems to have returned to the national agenda, which is obviously excellent news!

From what I've seen over recent months, Cllr Hodgkinson comes across as being a little bit desperate - always looking for an opportunity to jump aboard the next bandwagon that comes along and tell voters exactly what he thinks they want to hear. Just my opinion, of course!
In fairness to Clifton-Brown, I seem to remember he's been campaigning on the A417 issue for 20+ years - I recall he played a key role in getting the A417/A419 converted to dual carriageway (except the "missing link") between Gloucester and Swindon back in the mid-late 1990s. But then we had 13 years of Labour government and during that time it seemed there was little appetite in the corridors of power at Whitehall to deal with the "missing link" problem. It's only since 2010 that the issue seems to have returned to the national agenda, which is obviously excellent news! From what I've seen over recent months, Cllr Hodgkinson comes across as being a little bit desperate - always looking for an opportunity to jump aboard the next bandwagon that comes along and tell voters exactly what he thinks they want to hear. Just my opinion, of course! Claire.M
  • Score: 3

8:51pm Fri 18 Jul 14

Olly Cromwell says...

I love these blogs when the Tory blue rinse trolls break cover and deny any responsibility for their flawed project and support our millionaire house flipping MP.

In 1996 when this Tory approved PFI funded Air Balloon project was first granted under dismal John Major the 'missing link' was obvious to everyone - even then. In fact back copies of the Wilts & Glos Standard warned of this design flaw, but our old Etonian toff of an MP just gripped his fists, scrunched his face and bellowed it would be ever thus.

The sole reason this issue has been pushed up the political agenda - aside from the unacceptable slaughter of lives on this particular road - is because Cllr Hodgkinson whose District ward AND County division this monstrosity sits in has tired of Tory excuses & inaction.

Just my opinion, of course!
I love these blogs when the Tory blue rinse trolls break cover and deny any responsibility for their flawed project and support our millionaire house flipping MP. In 1996 when this Tory approved PFI funded Air Balloon project was first granted under dismal John Major the 'missing link' was obvious to everyone - even then. In fact back copies of the Wilts & Glos Standard warned of this design flaw, but our old Etonian toff of an MP just gripped his fists, scrunched his face and bellowed it would be ever thus. The sole reason this issue has been pushed up the political agenda - aside from the unacceptable slaughter of lives on this particular road - is because Cllr Hodgkinson whose District ward AND County division this monstrosity sits in has tired of Tory excuses & inaction. Just my opinion, of course! Olly Cromwell
  • Score: -4

12:25am Sat 19 Jul 14

Ciren_Resident says...

Bit rich Olly Cromwell referring to other contributors as "trolls" ...
Bit rich Olly Cromwell referring to other contributors as "trolls" ... Ciren_Resident
  • Score: 2

7:49am Sat 19 Jul 14

StephanieP says...

Why does Olly Cromwell ALWAYS have to resort to insults? Can he not debate a subject without bad-mouthing other people or resorting to political point-scoring? He berates Alex Chalk for bringing along the Transport Secretary and 2 MPs to look at the A417 problem, but paradoximcally praises Paul Hodgkinson for his Nick Clegg “coup”. Incidentally, the dictionary meaning of “coup” is “an instance of successfully achieving something difficult”. Does this mean that it was extremely difficult getting Nick Clegg to take any interest in the A417? Perhaps Clegg will change his mind when he gets back to London just as he did over student grants. Still any photo opportunity for Hodgkinson and Clegg is welcomed by the Lib Dems while they continue to pursue their relentless and futile **** for Power.
Why does Olly Cromwell ALWAYS have to resort to insults? Can he not debate a subject without bad-mouthing other people or resorting to political point-scoring? He berates Alex Chalk for bringing along the Transport Secretary and 2 MPs to look at the A417 problem, but paradoximcally praises Paul Hodgkinson for his Nick Clegg “coup”. Incidentally, the dictionary meaning of “coup” is “an instance of successfully achieving something difficult”. Does this mean that it was extremely difficult getting Nick Clegg to take any interest in the A417? Perhaps Clegg will change his mind when he gets back to London just as he did over student grants. Still any photo opportunity for Hodgkinson and Clegg is welcomed by the Lib Dems while they continue to pursue their relentless and futile **** for Power. StephanieP
  • Score: 2

8:21am Sat 19 Jul 14

Ciren_Resident says...

Well said, StephanieP! Couldn't have put it better myself!
Well said, StephanieP! Couldn't have put it better myself! Ciren_Resident
  • Score: 3

10:40am Sat 19 Jul 14

Claire.M says...

Olly Cromwell - unlike you, I actually respect other people's opinions.

Also, watch who you're calling "Tory blue rinse". I have no links to the Tories and you're making assumptions about my age which are somewhat wide of the mark.

It's fairly typical that the Lib Dems will seek to claim all the credit for any positive news coming out of Central Government - while of course they'll distance themselves from anything which turns out to be remotely unpopular!

I'll give a anyone a chance but my overriding impression of Paul Hodgkinson is of a jumped up, opportunistic local politician with wildly over-ambitious aspirations of becoming a Member of Parliament.

Hodgkinson isn't quite as influential or high-profile as he and his colleagues (including Olly Cromwell et al) would like to have us think. I'm sure Nick Clegg will be visiting a number of Lib Dem prospective candidates in the run-up to the General Election next year, so it was hardly a "coup".

I seem to remember the Sunday Politics programme covered Clegg's visit to the Air Balloon roundabout a few weeks ago. Other than a fleeting long-distance shot of him talking to Clegg, there was no coverage of Hodgkinson whatsoever. The BBC didn't even mention his name, let alone take the time to interview him about a key local issue which Hodgkinson would like local voters to see as one of his flagship campaigns (even if he has jumped on a bandwagon which has been in motion for at least 20 years!) So what does that tell us??
Olly Cromwell - unlike you, I actually respect other people's opinions. Also, watch who you're calling "Tory blue rinse". I have no links to the Tories and you're making assumptions about my age which are somewhat wide of the mark. It's fairly typical that the Lib Dems will seek to claim all the credit for any positive news coming out of Central Government - while of course they'll distance themselves from anything which turns out to be remotely unpopular! I'll give a anyone a chance but my overriding impression of Paul Hodgkinson is of a jumped up, opportunistic local politician with wildly over-ambitious aspirations of becoming a Member of Parliament. Hodgkinson isn't quite as influential or high-profile as he and his colleagues (including Olly Cromwell et al) would like to have us think. I'm sure Nick Clegg will be visiting a number of Lib Dem prospective candidates in the run-up to the General Election next year, so it was hardly a "coup". I seem to remember the Sunday Politics programme covered Clegg's visit to the Air Balloon roundabout a few weeks ago. Other than a fleeting long-distance shot of him talking to Clegg, there was no coverage of Hodgkinson whatsoever. The BBC didn't even mention his name, let alone take the time to interview him about a key local issue which Hodgkinson would like local voters to see as one of his flagship campaigns (even if he has jumped on a bandwagon which has been in motion for at least 20 years!) So what does that tell us?? Claire.M
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Col Mustard says...

Nobody "Campaigns" for 20 years......... If you have achieved nothing in one year then your effectiveness as a campaigner means you should divert your attention to tasks better suited to your inability .
Nobody "Campaigns" for 20 years......... If you have achieved nothing in one year then your effectiveness as a campaigner means you should divert your attention to tasks better suited to your inability . Col Mustard
  • Score: -2

2:11pm Sat 19 Jul 14

Ciren_Resident says...

Col Mustard: "If you have achieved nothing in one year then your effectiveness as a campaigner means you should divert your attention to tasks better suited to your inability"

Just out of interest, does that apply to the Lib Dem's ongoing campaign for lower parking charges in Cirencester???
Col Mustard: "If you have achieved nothing in one year then your effectiveness as a campaigner means you should divert your attention to tasks better suited to your inability" Just out of interest, does that apply to the Lib Dem's ongoing campaign for lower parking charges in Cirencester??? Ciren_Resident
  • Score: 2

4:16pm Tue 22 Jul 14

Susie Clark says...

Interesting, isn't it - Olly Cromwell's attitude to women - if they express an opinion they must be " blue rinse " i.e presumably of an older age. I don't think many of my generation of young mothers actually dye their hair blue. Still, I suppose it's in line with the local Lib Dem activists' attitudes to women - don't feature very highly in their activities .
Interesting, isn't it - Olly Cromwell's attitude to women - if they express an opinion they must be " blue rinse " i.e presumably of an older age. I don't think many of my generation of young mothers actually dye their hair blue. Still, I suppose it's in line with the local Lib Dem activists' attitudes to women - don't feature very highly in their activities . Susie Clark
  • Score: 0

7:38am Wed 23 Jul 14

bobirving says...

One of the stranger things about this is the position of the CDC officers. Back in 2004, when various proposals were on the table, the head planner at CDC said that the 'loop' proposal would be a 'disaster' - I've got the webpage from the Standard to prove it - and now they seemed to have gone silent on it I questioned Hodgkinson on twitter and he said "They've changed their mind" . To me, the current proposal looks as bad as the 2004 one - the same environmental destruction with motorway speeds on a road which is prone to icing - so why are CDC officers not still kicking up?
One of the stranger things about this is the position of the CDC officers. Back in 2004, when various proposals were on the table, the head planner at CDC said that the 'loop' proposal would be a 'disaster' - I've got the webpage from the Standard to prove it - and now they seemed to have gone silent on it I questioned Hodgkinson on twitter and he said "They've changed their mind" . To me, the current proposal looks as bad as the 2004 one - the same environmental destruction with motorway speeds on a road which is prone to icing - so why are CDC officers not still kicking up? bobirving
  • Score: 1

4:13pm Wed 23 Jul 14

BetterForCiren says...

To be campaigning for 20+ years and still not have appeared to done much of significance isn't something to brag about...
I personally do not support either the Tories or the LD's, but following both Paul and Clifton-Brown for a while has shown that Paul will campaign on issues close to people's hearts and will also listen. Paul will serve the Cotswolds far better the Clifton-Brown has ever done. I have written to Clifton-Brown on numerous occasions and not even had acknowledgement that he received the letter. I have written to Paul and he came back quickly and wanted to meet. To call someone desperate because he is working with people on issues left, right and centre is unfair, at least he's doing it. I have received several local things from him over the past year about what he is doing in the area, in contrast I have never had anyone come to my door and only had one national leaflet during the Euro run-up, nothing about the candidate, who they were or what they stood for. Paul is out there and is doing things, Clifton-Brown isn't the proactive and hardworking MP that the Cotswolds deserves.
To be campaigning for 20+ years and still not have appeared to done much of significance isn't something to brag about... I personally do not support either the Tories or the LD's, but following both Paul and Clifton-Brown for a while has shown that Paul will campaign on issues close to people's hearts and will also listen. Paul will serve the Cotswolds far better the Clifton-Brown has ever done. I have written to Clifton-Brown on numerous occasions and not even had acknowledgement that he received the letter. I have written to Paul and he came back quickly and wanted to meet. To call someone desperate because he is working with people on issues left, right and centre is unfair, at least he's doing it. I have received several local things from him over the past year about what he is doing in the area, in contrast I have never had anyone come to my door and only had one national leaflet during the Euro run-up, nothing about the candidate, who they were or what they stood for. Paul is out there and is doing things, Clifton-Brown isn't the proactive and hardworking MP that the Cotswolds deserves. BetterForCiren
  • Score: 2

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