Joint initiative by MPs and local action group

The campaign to improve safety on the A34 took a further step forward last Friday when the three MPs whose constituencies border the A34, Richard Benyon, Ed Vaizey and Nicola Blackwood, met together with the A34 Action Group leaders.

Richard Benyon commented, ‘This was a helpful and constructive meeting. There is such a groundswell of opinion on this and we are all determined that action will be taken. There are some things that could be put in place quite quickly and easily – but we are also aware of the long term requirements for this road as population and traffic are set to increase over the next few years.

‘We now have a plan of action. We have secured a debate in Westminster next week and Ed, Nicola and myself are meeting with Highways England and with the Minister, John Hayes, in November. We will continue to put pressure in every possible way until something is done.

‘The A34 Action Group is doing an excellent job in combining and communicating local views and, with agencies such as the Police, local Councils, the Road Haulage Association, the Oxfordshire and Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnerships and local companies also on board, I am confident that we can get something done.’