Improving Swindon Transport

Our transportation system, which suffered years of neglect and apathy under Labour, is improving. Oil prices have come down, while the burdensome fuel price escalator has been scrapped. Fuel duty has also been frozen for the sixth year in a row, saving motorists on average £75 a year.

I helped secure £100 million of investment into local roads and infrastructure, along with funding for a new bus station. A programme to improve major routes into the town, to keep pace with the future development of the New Eastern Villages, is well underway and a £350 town centre revamp will see major improvements to one of Swindon’s busiest roads, Fleming Way. The work will see the elevated section of the road lowered to pedestrian level and an "uninviting" subway removed, transforming the town centre and making it a more vibrant and attractive place both to work and to visit.

I also pushed for the £10 billion rail electrification, which will transform the railway and provide Britain with a sustainable, world-class transport system.

The redoubling of the Swindon to Kemble route I campaigned for has been completed, increasing the rail capacity between Swindon and Kemble. The redoubling of the track means trains can now head simultaneously to and from Kemble in Gloucestershire into north Wiltshire.

Throughout the last Parliament, I worked to make transport within Swindon safe, efficient and fast. I will continue to campaign for future improvements such as the Thamesdown Drive extension.