Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has written to Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Transport, asking him to “urgently review why there have been further delays to the upgrade of the Lodge Hill junction on the A34”.
The MP raised the issue in her maiden speech in Parliament in 2017 and has continually pressed the Government to take action.
The latest delay is due to a lack of progress being made in the detailed assessment of the site by Highways England.
Moran emphasised the importance of the upgrade going ahead “before the thousands more homes planned for sites north of Abingdon are built.”
Commenting, Layla said:
“I’m appalled that my constituents have had to wait so long for any action to be taken.
“Meanwhile, the Government continues to pursue the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project, despite the continued absence of a full public consultation and local opposition. We know that some A34 improvements can’t go ahead whilst that project remains on the cards.
“I have asked Grant Shapps to urgently review this situation, and will continue to keep up the pressure on the Government. Our community deserves better.”
The full text of Layla’s letter to the Secretary of State is below:
The Rt Hon Grant Shapps MP
Secretary of State for Transport
Department for Transport
Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road
London, SW1P 4DR
30 October 2019
Dear Secretary of State,
I am writing to ask that you urgently review why there have been further delays to the upgrade of the Lodge Hill junction on the A34 in my constituency.
Many local residents have written to me to tell me just how important it is that this goes ahead, especially before the thousands more homes planned for sites north of Abingdon are built.
However, I recently heard from the Oxfordshire County Council member responsible for highways that there has been a further delay. This is apparently because there has been a lack of progress in the detailed assessment of the site.
Frankly, it is appalling that my constituents and other local residents have had to wait this long for action to be taken. Meanwhile, the Government continues to pursue the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway project, despite the continued absence of a full public consultation and local opposition. Highways England have made it clear that some improvements to the A34 cannot go ahead whilst this project remains on the cards.
From my maiden speech in Parliament to today, I have been raising this very issue, and I hope that the junction will be upgraded soon as a matter of great importance to my community.
Thank you in advance for urgently reviewing the situation.
Layla Moran MP
Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon