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26 OCT 2016

A34 Safety Campaign starts in Parliament

Robert Courts joined a group of MPs representing constituencies along the A34 as they debated safety on the road in Parliament.

Led by Ed Vaizey, who represents Wantage, the Westminster Hall debate acknowledged the economic importance of the A34, used by 79,000 vehicles each day, but said major improvements were needed as the road was no longer 'fit for purpose'.

Robert Courts said: "Many of the people of West Oxfordshire use the A34 regularly. There were nearly 2,000 accidents between 2010 and 2014, and on the section running between the M40 and the M4 at Chieveley, there were sadly 32 fatalities."

Transport Minister John Hayes was present in the debate, and he acknowledged that the A34 has been of concern for a considerable length of time, with issues ranging from topography to the number of HGVs moving north from Southampton towards the Midlands.

Robert Courts continued: "I am very pleased that the Government has committed to meeting us, as a group of MPs, formally to explore further technical changes that can be made to improve safety and congestion. I very much look forward to being able to contribute to this very important piece of work in the coming months."

Mr Courts is also calling for evidence from constituents who use the road, and local people who wish to help can email robert.courts.mp@parliament.uk

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