Theresa May has weighed in on the future of the heavily congested A40, describing the problematic road as an ‘important issue’.
Witney MP Robert Courts quizzed the Prime Minister during Prime Minister’s Questions in the House of Commons last week.
Describing the road, which winds through his west Oxfordshire constituency, he demanded improvements to it.
The Conservative said: “Congestion on the A40 in west Oxfordshire is a blight for residents, with developments including the [2,200-home] 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?”
Mrs May 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 to them.
“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 for over £1bn of discounted lending to 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.”
Mr Courts said afterwards he was pleased the PM agreed that all aspects of transport need to work together to keep west Oxfordshire moving.
He added: “I’ll keep on taking this matter right to the heart of government to make absolutely clear how important this issue is for our area.”
The government announced in March that a bid for £135m in A40 improvement cash had advanced to the next phase.
Funds would be used to create a dual carriageway from Witney to Eynsham, where there will be a new park and ride connected to Oxford, with priority bus lanes.
Mr Courts described this as the ‘biggest step forward in decades’ towards finding a ‘final fix’ for the A40.