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MP meets transport chief to press for action to ease A34 congestion
8:30am Thursday 13th March 2014 in News
OXFORD West and Abingdon MP Nicola Blackwood has had a meeting with the Transport Secretary to discuss the A34.
Ms Blackwood, left, met Patrick McLoughlin to lobby for investment into improving the road which runs through her constituency and is notorious for being regularly congested.
Ms Blackwood said: “We made the strongest possible case to the Transport Secretary for urgent investment in the A34.
“Department for Transport and Highways Agency officials assured us they are actively investigating solutions for the A34.
“But we were clear that for every month spent planning investment local residents must suffer chronic congestion and local growth is put at risk.”
Last year Ms Blackwood invited Transport Minister Stephen Hammond to Oxfordshire to see the A34 for himself. However he did not offer any firm pledges about a solution to the road’s congestion woes.
Recently a lorry driver died on the A34 near Abingdon after police officers slowed traffic down to retrieve a dead badger, with the resulting accident causing severe traffic delays across the county.
A spokesman for the Department for Transport said the Government is investing in a number of pinch points along the A34 in an attempt to improve the situation.
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