The Deputy Prime Minister was in Oxfordshire today to sign a deal to bring millions of pounds of investment into the Thames Valley - and create thousands of jobs.
It's being called the 'City Deal' and gives local authorities more independence from Whitehall - allowing them to control what's done with £55m of government funding.
The money will establish four innovation hubs - at the science parks at Harwell and Culham - at the Life sciences at Oxford's hospitals - and an engineering hub at Begbroke.
Road and rail networks will also be improved with better public transport links , a new link road between the A40 and A44, and tackling pinchpoints on the A34. Penny Silvester reports.
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