MP calls for urgent investment in overloaded A34

Oxford Mail: Nicola Blackwood Nicola Blackwood

“Urgent” investment in the A34 was yesterday called for in Parliament by an Oxford MP.

Oxford West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood put the question of improvements to the road through the county to Chief Secretary to the Treasury Danny Alexander, pictured, in the House of Commons.

But the MP was unhappy with the response.

In the Commons yesterday, she asked: “Does he agree with me that investing in strategic roads like the A34 in my constituency can be key to unlocking vital growth and inward investment in priority sectors and will he investigate the economic case for urgent investment in the A34?”

Mr Alexander said he agreed and said the Government had invested in a project to improve links with the A34 near Newbury and the M4 and work will start in March.

He replied to Miss Blackwood: “I am sure she will agree it will make a considerable difference to the economy in her part of the country.”

Afterwards, she said: “While the Government has committed to some improvements, I do not believe these are sufficient to address the long-term capacity problems. A34 congestion is creating economic barriers as well as daily misery for commuters.”

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12:31pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Inkpot says...

Danny Alexander actually said the improvements were at Junction 9 at the A34/M40 link................
....The M4 junction was improved some time ago.
Danny Alexander actually said the improvements were at Junction 9 at the A34/M40 link................ ....The M4 junction was improved some time ago. Inkpot

12:35pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Inkpot says...

The real answer to the problems of the A34 is to make it into a 3 lane motorway.
This would take the pressure off all the local roads adjacent when there are problems caused by breakdowns and accidents.
WE WANT AN M34.
The real answer to the problems of the A34 is to make it into a 3 lane motorway. This would take the pressure off all the local roads adjacent when there are problems caused by breakdowns and accidents. WE WANT AN M34. Inkpot

3:21pm Wed 11 Dec 13

King Joke says...

Inkpot wrote:
The real answer to the problems of the A34 is to make it into a 3 lane motorway. This would take the pressure off all the local roads adjacent when there are problems caused by breakdowns and accidents. WE WANT AN M34.
Sometimes I wonder whether this is 2013 or 1963. As well as being hugely disruptive widening to D3 would give us two years' respite tops, before the road fills up. It's happened time and time again - I bet when they built the underpass at Chievely they justified it by saying it would ease all the congestion.
[quote][p][bold]Inkpot[/bold] wrote: The real answer to the problems of the A34 is to make it into a 3 lane motorway. This would take the pressure off all the local roads adjacent when there are problems caused by breakdowns and accidents. WE WANT AN M34.[/p][/quote]Sometimes I wonder whether this is 2013 or 1963. As well as being hugely disruptive widening to D3 would give us two years' respite tops, before the road fills up. It's happened time and time again - I bet when they built the underpass at Chievely they justified it by saying it would ease all the congestion. King Joke

3:43pm Wed 11 Dec 13

EMBOX2 says...

Just adding another lane won't solve a thing. Getting lorries off the road on this stretch would make a massive difference.

How about OCC try something radical? Run a 6 month trial of disallowing ALL HGV movement on the stretch between the M4 and M40 junction between say 6am and 10am, then 4pm until 7pm, or perhaps continuing the no HGV overtake like at Ilsley, all the way up?
Just adding another lane won't solve a thing. Getting lorries off the road on this stretch would make a massive difference. How about OCC try something radical? Run a 6 month trial of disallowing ALL HGV movement on the stretch between the M4 and M40 junction between say 6am and 10am, then 4pm until 7pm, or perhaps continuing the no HGV overtake like at Ilsley, all the way up? EMBOX2

3:50pm Wed 11 Dec 13

King Joke says...

Erm, unless you want to live in a mud hut and survive on berries you have to recongise that virtually everything you consume has been delivered by lorry, much of it imported, and a lot of that via Southampton and hence up the A34. The long-distance lorries are here to stay I'm afraid, the road is clogged owing to the local commuting car traffic .
Erm, unless you want to live in a mud hut and survive on berries you have to recongise that virtually everything you consume has been delivered by lorry, much of it imported, and a lot of that via Southampton and hence up the A34. The long-distance lorries are here to stay I'm afraid, the road is clogged owing to the local commuting car traffic . King Joke

6:47pm Wed 11 Dec 13

Adrian1 says...

M40 > M4 the A34 needs 3 lanes if not indeed to become the M34.
M40 > M4 the A34 needs 3 lanes if not indeed to become the M34. Adrian1

5:03am Thu 12 Dec 13

East Oxford Web Watcher says...

King Joke wrote:
Erm, unless you want to live in a mud hut and survive on berries you have to recongise that virtually everything you consume has been delivered by lorry, much of it imported, and a lot of that via Southampton and hence up the A34. The long-distance lorries are here to stay I'm afraid, the road is clogged owing to the local commuting car traffic .
And local traffic only uses the A34 due to the bus gate in the High Street, causing gridlock on all other routes across town, nobody uses the A34 for fun
[quote][p][bold]King Joke[/bold] wrote: Erm, unless you want to live in a mud hut and survive on berries you have to recongise that virtually everything you consume has been delivered by lorry, much of it imported, and a lot of that via Southampton and hence up the A34. The long-distance lorries are here to stay I'm afraid, the road is clogged owing to the local commuting car traffic .[/p][/quote]And local traffic only uses the A34 due to the bus gate in the High Street, causing gridlock on all other routes across town, nobody uses the A34 for fun East Oxford Web Watcher

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