Businesses and residents in southern Oxfordshire depend on the A34. Even today, we suffer from frequent accidents closing the road, most recently last night when a lorry caught fire. People are late to work. Villages are hammered by HGVs on diversion. Bus networks collapse with delays of over an hour not uncommon.
Yet the policy of the Tories is to increase development in and around Didcot and Wantage while assuming that the A34 can take the increased traffic. In fact they want ever more traffic to use the A34, with the new slip roads at Chilton and North Abingdon. This is madness.
Stephen Webb says 'I will fight for a proper integrated transport and development policy, with investment in the high quality bus, rail and cycle infrastructure that we already need, and the enhancements needed for future development. This will reduce traffic on the A34 and provide alternatives for people when things go wrong.'