Infrastructure Investment: Oxfordshire

Oral Answers to Questions — Treasury – in the House of Commons on 3rd July 2018.

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Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Conservative, Witney

What steps he is taking to invest in infrastructure in (a) Witney and (b) Oxfordshire.

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

Under this Government, investment in infrastructure will reach the highest sustained levels since the 1970s. In respect of Oxfordshire, the Department for Transport and Chiltern Railways have jointly funded a £400 million western section, delivering a new service between Oxford and London Marylebone, and we are of course backing the new Expressway and the east-west railway linking Oxford to Cambridge.

Photo of Robert Courts Robert Courts Conservative, Witney

I am grateful for the Minister’s answer, but congestion on the A40 and reliability problems on the Cotswold line make travel a daily challenge for residents of west Oxfordshire. We urgently need upgrades on that line and extra capacity on the road network, particularly the A40. What can Ministers offer through central Government funding to give hope to my constituents?

Photo of Robert Jenrick Robert Jenrick The Exchequer Secretary

I appreciate that my hon. Friend has been campaigning for such things since before his election. We have provided £35 million for the Oxford Science Transit scheme, which will enhance the A40 between Oxford and Witney. As for the A40 more generally, the Government are providing £150 million through the Oxfordshire housing deal, which he could tap into to see further improvements on that road.

Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

It is a question about Oxfordshire.