Last week to get involved in Victoria’s JR travel times survey

Victoria Prentis, Member of Parliament for North Oxfordshire, is encouraging her constituents to take part in her campaign to collect information on Journey times from the Banbury area to the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford. The campaign closes on Monday 27th March, so this is the last week that constituents can get involved.

The survey is being undertaken in order to provide the Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group (OCCG) with accurate travel times between Banbury and the JR. This is particularly important following the decision to downgrade the Horton maternity unit, and the ongoing consultation on the future provision of services at the Horton. The information that we receive will be collated and then sent to the OCCG to help them come to the right decision.

The campaign is open to anyone travelling from Banbury and the surrounding area to the JR for an appointment, or to visit a relative. The survey involves filling out a short form on the details and times of the journey. So far over 350 people have responded, and Victoria is looking forward to receiving many more responses.

Victoria commented: “I am deeply concerned about the impact of increased travel times on my constituents travelling to hospital for appointments or in order to visit relatives. The journey between North Oxfordshire and the JR can be extremely unpredictable, and parking at hospital is often a problem. This needs to be considered as part of the ongoing consultation over the future of NHS services in Oxfordshire. I am delighted that so many people have taken part so far, and it would be excellent if as many more people as possible could get involved in this last week of the campaign.”

If you are travelling to the JR from the Banbury area, you can fill in the online survey here, or request an electronic version of the form at victoria.prentis.mp@parliament.uk.

Please post your photos of you leaving and arriving, and the time your journey took, on social media, using the hashtag #Banbury2JR.