Improving the A40

Since being elected, one issue I have campaigned on the most is to ensure that we have a final fix to traffic congestion on the A40.

I have met with Minsters, bringing the Secretary of State for Transport to the A40 to see the congestion for himself, and have been working with WODC, Oxfordshire County Council and local transport groups to create the best solution.  I am working hard behind the scenes to ensure that West Oxfordshire can secure the necessary funding to build the improvements we need.

I presented a public petition to Parliament in December 2017 asking for a final fix to congestion the A40 between Witney and Oxford, which was signed by thousands of local residents. 

Watch me present this petition here!

In March 2018, it was announced that Oxfordshire County Council's bid for the Housing Infrastructure Fund, which would bring £135m of funding for upgrades the A40, has moved to the next phase.  This is fantastic news and we are one step closer to a final fix, and I will continue to work hard to ensure we get the funding for these essential improvements. You can read more about this bid here.

The Government also recently consulted on the creation of a Major Road Network (MRN).  The creation of an MRN will allow for dedicated funding from the National Roads Fund to be used to improve this middle tier of our busiest and most economically important local authority ‘A’ roads.  You can read these proposals in detail here.  I have of course responded in support of these proposals, as they will mean more funding to help ease congestion on the A40.  You can read my response below.

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News

Robert Lobbies New Transport Secretary on A40 Congestion

Robert said: "Earlier this week I met with the new Secretary of State for Transport and the Roads Minister to lobby for their support in tackling congestion on the A40, with a particular eye on the County Council's bid to the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF).

Robert Welcomes Improvements to Local Rail Services

Robert said: "We've seen significant improvements to local rail services in recent years, with additional car parking provision, platform extensions, upgraded facilities, world-class new trains - and a staff presence at Hanborough Station for the first time in over 50 years.

Robert Opens New Station Building at Hanborough

Passengers travelling from Hanborough will have a fresh start to their journeys as a brand new station building provides a waiting room, customer toilets, and a staff presence for the first time in 53 years.

Robert Welcomes Green Light for Shores Green Slip Roads

Long-awaited A40 slip roads in Witney are a step closer to becoming a reality after Oxfordshire County Council's cabinet agreed the land acquisition process to build slip roads on the west side of Shores Green, which connects Oxford Hill and the A40.

Robert Submits Response to A40 Consultation

Robert has submitted a response to Oxfordshire County Council's consultation on improving transport on the A40 corridor.  The consultation is open until 6th January, and you can respond to the consultation via the following link: 

Robert's 2018 Highlights in 60 Seconds

2018 was a very busy year indeed with much to celebrate both locally and nationally. Here are just some of my highlights from last year - in 60 seconds!

Robert Courts MP