Osborne must budget now to future-proof the dismal A34

Osborne must budget now to future-proof the dismal A34

Osborne must budget now to future-proof the dismal A34

First published in News

THOUSANDS of people sitting in their cars as the A34 trundles at a snail’s pace will be delighted to know something might finally be done to ease their woes. While it is still a long way off before those motorists will be hooting their horns in glee, progress is encouraging.

George Osborne controls the purse strings so meeting with Nicola Blackwood MP can only be a good sign.

Bringing the road’s problems, well-known and put up with locally, to those in the corridors of power means more of a chance things will get done, and sooner rather than later.

The worry is that the meeting is scheduled to talk about the issues at Abingdon specifically.

On the table will be an attempt to get a diamond junction for Lodge Hill.

But while Miss Blackwood says she will raise problems on the A34 “as a whole”, government budgets don’t often splash the cash without much justification.

Fed-up commuters will say they have plenty of anecdotal evidence but it will be up to the politicians to make the case on their behalf.

Amid all this is the context of further development expected along the route over the next few years.

Whatever is agreed the Chancellor needs to have an eye on the future and budget now while sorting out the current misery.

With thousands of homes due to be built in schemes such as Harwell and Milton, the infrastructure needs to be able to cope.

Otherwise all that will be achieved will be a quick fix that reduces the stress levels of drivers stuck in congestion now but will do nothing to help them avoid car park-like conditions further along the road.

  • Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone's contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.

Send your Letter to the Editor: What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter for publication here

11:20am Monday 28th July 2014

What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.


Our top stories

UPDATE: Oxford City properties hit by power cut 'back on by 11.30pm' say SSE

Oxford Mail: light bulb with power lines

8:44pm Monday 27th April 2015

PROPERTIES affected by power cuts in Oxfordshire today are being brought back online in phases.

Murder accused is kept in custody after stabbing victim found in car

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

8:30am Monday 27th April 2015

A 34-YEAR-OLD will appear in court tomorrow accused of murdering the man found fatally wounded in a car in Barton.

Charity dance competition is strictly sensational

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 27th April 2015

ALL the glitz and glamour of the ballroom was brought to Oxford’s New Theatre on Saturday as couples danced off in the Strictly Oxford competition.

Mum fights to have vital drug made available through NHS

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 27th April 2015

A MUM whose husband and young son are fighting the same rare life-threatening disease is campaigning to gain access to vital medication on the NHS.

Footballers’ tribute to tragic Kyle

Oxford Mail:

8:30am Monday 27th April 2015

FRIENDS and family of tragic Kyle Byfield came together for a memorial football tournament in Banbury on Sunday.

Pensioner will fly village’s flag again 70 years on from VE Day

Oxford Mail:

8:00am Monday 27th April 2015

YOUNG Roy Hanson was given the task of flying the Union Jack on his village church tower on VE Day in 1945.

 

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree