MP welcomes Lodge Hill funding but warns diamond junction cannot be delayed

Abingdon's MP Layla Moran has welcomed the announcement of £9.45 million for the A34 Lodge Hill junction but is pressing for the scheme to be completed before housing developments go ahead.

This fantastic news, bringing the vital diamond junction one
step closer to reality.

The Government has today announced £9.45 million to contribute towards an £15.5 million scheme to build south-facing slip roads for a diamond interchange at Lodge Hill. However, the funding will be spread over four years, raising concerns that the junction won't be complete before planned housing developments are built. 

Liberal Democrat MP for Oxford West and Abingdon Layla Moran has long campaigned alongside residents for funding for the diamond junction. She made the case for Lodge Hill funding in her maiden speech in the House of Commons in June and has continued to raise it in Parliament as a key community issue.

Commenting, Layla Moran said:

"This fantastic news, bringing the vital diamond junction one step closer to reality. For years I have worked with local Liberal Democrat councillors, campaigners and residents in Abingdon to fight for this vital scheme. 

“I'd like to thank everyone who signed petitions, made their voice heard and helped us to persuade the Government to provide this funding for the diamond junction. It's only taken 25 years!”

As funding for the scheme is planned over four years, Ms Moran is now calling on the Vale of White Horse to make good on their promise to front fund the scheme, so that the junction is in place before housing developments are completed.

I will be working to make sure that on top of this £9.45m from the
Government, developers and the Councils play their
part in providing the rest of the funding

This evening (26th July) Ms Moran will join residents in Abingdon as a planning application for 950 homes in the north of the town is decided by Vale of White Horse District Council. She will be presenting a petition where 1,046 residents called for the slips to be completed before the new residents move in.

Layla Moran added:

"I will be working to make sure that on top of this £9.45m from the Government, developers and the Councils play their part in providing the rest of the funding.

“If necessary, funding should be brought forward so that the diamond junction is in place before people move into developments in north Abingdon. Otherwise we risk hundreds of homes being built before this crucial infrastructure is in place."

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