Following the recent Autumn Statement, in which £27 million was pledged towards the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, Nicola is keen to ensure that Oxford gets its fair share for this investment and that we finally make significant progress to a long term solution to the problem of the A34. She has been making the case for investment alongside colleagues Ed Vaizey MP and Richard Benyon MP, amongst others.
She therefore secured a meeting with Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt Hon Philip Hammond MP, to make the case for the A34 within the bigger picture of the Expressway. Nicola was clear on her view that the Oxford area faces severe congestion and that the Oxford to M4 section of the route should be a priority for the Oxfordshire region as the development of the scheme progresses.
The Chancellor took on these points and said that the Treasury is liaising with the National Infrastructure Commission on it and so he would be liaising with the NIC and MPs further. The Chancellor stressed that this project and wider investment is crucial in maximising the potential of this ‘Brain Belt’ region and that he sees this route as a ‘transformational tech corridor’.
Nicola says: The Autumn Statement was so encouraging for the Oxford area; investing in the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is vital to our region’s economic and high tech growth. I promised to fight for our fair share and I am making the point to the Chancellor that Oxford needs urgent investment as part of this new Expressway to help solve the problems of the A34.