THERESA May has agreed that congestion on the A40 is an 'important issue', after an MP branded traffic on the busy road a 'blight'.

Witney MP Robert Courts quizzed the Prime Minister during PMQs at the House of Commons today and demanded improvements to the road, which runs through West Oxfordshire.

The Conservative said: "Congestion on the A40 in Oxfordshire is a blight for residents, with developments including the Cotswold Garden Village set to increase demand.

"Will the Prime Minister work with me to ensure upgrades to the A40, to buses, and to the Cotswold railway line to ensure we have an integrated transport structure to keep West Oxfordshire moving?"

The PM responded: "This is an important issue he is raising on behalf of his constituents and I recognise he is absolutely right to do so and how important it is for them.

"Of course, at the budget we did announce money, £1.7bn, for the Transforming Cities Fund to deliver transport infrastructure for future.

"But we also ensured local authorities are able to bid to over £1bn of discounted lending support, high-value infrastructure projects.

"That's about giving power back to local people and recognising the importance of infrastructure of the sort he has recognised.

"He has raised some specific issues though, and I know the transport minister would be happy to discuss them with him."