Layla Moran, Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, this morning in the House of Commons, urged Transport Secretary Grant Shapps to fund more active travel initiatives, including the B4044 strategic cycle link, “given our desire to achieve zero carbon Oxfordshire by 2050”.
Layla pointed Shapps to her recent bid to the Levelling Up Fund for money for the Dean Court extension to the plans for a community path between Eynsham and Botley. In her oral question, Layla said it would allow the proposed route to link “through more deprived communities.”
Layla added that “this is exactly the kind of active travel initiative we need more of in areas of high housing and economic growth”.
The Transport Secretary said that he hadn’t yet seen Layla’s application.
Speaking after her question, Layla Moran said: “Together with the Vale of White Horse District Council and the county council, I’ve applied for Levelling Up funding to make the Dean Court extension for the proposed B4044 strategic cycle link a reality. If we want to achieve zero carbon Oxfordshire by 2050, we need to seriously invest in these schemes.
“That’s why I asked the Transport Secretary in the Commons today to do more to prioritise active travel schemes, like the proposed B4044 path, in areas of high housing and economic growth, especially when the routes go through more deprived communities.
“We’re in a climate emergency. If we truly want to build back better from this pandemic, we need to make it easier for people no matter where they live to travel sustainably on a daily basis, including in and out of Oxford city centre. I urge the Government to consider our Levelling Up Fund application.”