Expressway: no support for Oxford-Cambridge road from county council

Expressway: no support for Oxford-Cambridge road from county council



‘OXFORDSHIRE does not support the expressway, wherever it is built’ is the message councillors will send to the government.

At their meeting on Tuesday, Oxfordshire’s county councillors voted in favour of a motion to send a letter to the government, announcing they would not support a proposed major road between Oxford and Cambridge.

The motion made by Labour councillor John Sanders said the planned Oxford to Cambridge Expressway ‘flies in the face of Oxfordshire’s commitment to reduce the use of the car.’

The motion explained car use needed to be reduced to tackle the climate emergency, and said the council would still support plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc and England’s Economic Heartland, two schemes to boost jobs, housing and infrastructure the county is involved in.

Mr Sanders’ motion said this would be on the understanding work on the East West Rail Link would be sped up.

The motion said: “The development of the railway line will ensure the delivery of the growth and housing required, without the environmental impact of a road cutting across the centre of rural England.”

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