Last week Kit Malthouse MP for North West Hampshire, joined other MPs from the region in a meeting with Highways England to discuss the safety of the A34.
Local people have long voiced concerns about the road which stretches across north Hampshire, west Berkshire and into Oxfordshire. The MPs along the route pressed for the meeting after more than 50 accidents resulting in death or serious injury in the last five years and the closure of the entire carriageway 56 times. Following numerous questions, a debate in the House of Commons on the subject and pressure from MPs including Mr Malthouse, the government has agreed to undertake a safety review.
After the meeting Kit Malthouse said: “Back in March I urged the Transport Minister to look at the junction of the A303 and A34 in particular as a priority for investment in safety. Bullington Cross is actually just outside my constituency by about 100 yards, but hundreds of constituents use it every day and know, like me, that the short slip roads are a problem causing a number of serious accidents and dozens of near misses every week. I have also raised the short slip roads generally, particularly in the north of the constituency near Highclere.”
“I would be very keen to hear the views of constituents about the road so that I can feed them into the review. People can contact me best by email on email@example.com, or write to me at 2 Church Close, Andover SP10 1DP”