Plans for a major new road link between Oxford and Cambridge will not be supported by a key stakeholder over concerns it conflicts with a commitment to tackle the climate change emergency.
Oxfordshire County Council politicians have voted not to support the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, a £3.5bn scheme proposed by Highways England to link the two cities along a corridor where 1M homes could be built. The National Infrastructure Commission has said the road could unlock areas for new homes and boost area’s economy and “must be built as quickly as possible”.
However, Oxfordshire councillors have now voted to support a motion which said: “Building the Expressway flies in the face of Oxfordshire’s commitment to reduce the use of the car. An action which is necessary to tackle the climate change emergency, which local government, including Oxfordshire, has signed up to.
“Oxfordshire does not support the building of the Expressway irrespective of which route is chosen.”
Instead the council leader will write to the minister of Housing, Communities & Local Government and Highways England saying that it will work on the development of infrastructure between the two cities on the understanding that the East West Rail Link is expedited.
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