Government funding paves the way for major upgrade to the A34

Major improvements to the A34 in Abingdon got the green light today (26 July 2017) after Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Sajid Javid, pledged more than £9 million of Government funding.

Two new south-facing slip roads at the Lodge Hill Interchange will help end years of congestion and improve safety. The long-awaited scheme, which will receive up to £9.45 million over 4 years, will also boost growth in the wider Science Vale area, where up to 20,000 new jobs and 20,000 new homes will be created by 2031. 

With many road users from North Oxfordshire using the A34 regularly, campaigners have stressed that safety and traffic flow need to be considered as two of the most important issues in Oxfordshire.  

Victoria Prentis, MP for North Oxfordshire, commented: “Many of my constituents work in Oxford or the surrounding areas, and commute along the A34 on a daily basis. A number of them have expressed concern accidents on the stretch of road in Oxfordshire. With increased house building and a growing population in the county, it is vital that we have the appropriate infrastructure in place to cope.

Following the downgrade of maternity services at the Horton General Hospital, more and more patients are having to make the journey down dangerous stretches of the road to attend appointments or give birth. Travelling for hours when in labour is traumatic enough, without the extra worry of delays. I am pleased that the Government is providing much-needed funding for the A34; I hope the improvements will ease some of the concerns we all have about travelling around the area.”