Call for Expressway and Oxford Airport Expansion to Be Scrapped

Sector: Call for Expressway and Oxford Airport Expansion to Be Scrapped

MARCH 2018

TWO high profile infrastructure projects should be ditched because they would make climate change targets more difficult to achieve, according to a Green Party councillor.

Dick Wolff will ask Oxford city councillors to back a call to stop the proposed Oxford to Cambridge expressway and any expansion of Oxford Airport.

The expressway has been mooted as costing up to £3.5bn and could be built by 2030.

It received backing from the Government’s National Infrastructure Commission last year, which said the road would be vital in unlocking the economic potential between the UK’s two premier university cities.

But the Green Party’s Rev Wolff will ask for his fellow members to agree that any development in the ‘arc’ between the two cities should be built ‘sustainably’, without the reliance on any further private transport.

The potential development of the airport was reported on in the Oxford Mail last month – but it will need permission to be developed on the Green Belt.

Oxford Aviation Services, which runs the airport, said short-haul flights to Edinburgh, Dublin, Belfast, Amsterdam and Glasgow were viable if expansion is allowed.

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