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Relief road bid impresses minister
11:00am Friday 11th January 2013 in News
PLANS for a new relief road to reduce congestion to the northwest of Oxford have impressed a senior Tory minister, it was claimed last night.
Council chiefs in Oxfordshire met with Minister of State for Business and Enterprise Michael Fallon about their City Deal application on Wednesday.
A link road connecting the A40 and A44, to take traffic away from the Wolvercote roundabout, has been put forward as part of a bid which sees Oxford pitch itself as a world leader in hi-tech and scientific business. It is part of Oxford’s bid to gain City Deal status, which offers devolved powers from central Government and private and public funding.
County council leader Ian Hudspeth said Mr Fallon had welcomed the proposals. Mr Hudspeth said: “He was very impressed that all the local authorities are working together to drive this bid forward. He was also impressed with the way we’re working with the Local Enterprise Partnership and linking in with the universities.”
Mr Hudspeth believes the bid will open the way for a package of congestion-beating projects, including new slip roads on the A34 at the Chilton and Milton junctions, along with the new A40/A44 link. The relief road would be built west of the A34.
Oxford is in the running for City Deal status with 20 other cities.