Milton Keynes Council’s ruling cabinet is sticking by its stance of supporting a possible new Oxford to Cambridge road only if it meets key conditions, while at the same time saying this effectively means it opposes it.
On Tuesday the cabinet came under pressure from a councillor and nine members of the public to join other councils in the area and announce outright opposition.
Council leader Cllr Pete Marland (Lab, Woverton) admitted to getting an earful from his in-laws every time he visits them in Woburn Sands, which campaigners fear could bear the brunt of a new road. He said: “The de facto policy is to oppose the expressway because of the high bar we have set.”
The council is insisting on Highways England meeting four key points as the price of its support.
These are: high quality cycle infrastructure, a strong commitment to wildlife and biodiversity, a strong commitment to public transport, and that an electrified East-West Rail line is opened before any expressway.
But campaigners were having none of it.
A No Expressway Group has been set up in Woburn Sands to raise public awareness of what they see as a threat as the new road winds from south of Bletchley through to M1 junction 13 at Brogborough.