Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today responded to the release of 2018’s casualties statistics for the A34 that show a rise in fatalities compared to 2017, saying that planned improvement works need to “go further and happen faster”.
Layla has commented after a Parliamentary Question revealed the latest statistics, showing that there were 495 casualties on the road in 2018, 10 of which were fatalities.
In July, Highways England made it clear that some improvements to the A34, such as the installation of a hard shoulder, would not be given the go-ahead whilst the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway remains on the cards.
Layla has campaigned throughout her time as MP for crucial infrastructure improvements to be made, including on the A34, that would make a significant difference to safety and residents’ lives.
Moran has called for the Government to scrap plans for the Expressway, and instead concentrate planning and resources on more wide-ranging safety measures to the A34.
Commenting, Layla Moran said:
“Whilst the improvements that are being planned for the A34 are of course welcome, they just don’t go far enough, and the spectre of the Expressway means delay and uncertainty of schemes that would make a difference to the lives of people now. I’m thinking in particular about the much-needed Lodge Hill Junction that was previously agreed and then put off again. The current situation strikes to the heart of this inept Government and their inability to get it together on critical infrastructure upgrades in Oxfordshire.
“I will continue to pressure the Government to scrap the Expressway plans and instead spend an adequate amount on safety improvements, partnered with infrastructure that gets people out of cars altogether.”