Vale of White Horse District Council to oppose the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

Released on July 18, 2019

Vale of White Horse District Council has resolved to oppose the building of the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

At a full council meeting last night (17 July) the council requested the leader make known its opposition to the road building at relevant partnership meetings. Councillors also requested the leader write to the district’s two MPs and the Minister of Transport making a number of requests.

These include:

  • That the proposal be abandoned and to invest the estimated £3bn to £7bn earmarked for the project in the East-West rail link and to allow local government to enhance cycling infrastructure and public transport.
  • That all new transport schemes proposed by Department for Transport be subject to full public consultation and environmental assessments be published from the beginning.
  • That the government prioritise rail and sustainable active travel when developing policy and awarding grant funding for infrastructure.

 Cllr Emily Smith, leader of Vale of White Horse District Council, said: “The expressway would have a major impact on residents in the Vale, who haven’t had a chance to express their views in a meaningful way. It is also at odds with everybody’s target of reducing carbon emissions. The council has agreed that the government should scrap this project in favour of more sustainable transport projects, and I will be writing to the Minister for Transport to make this clear.”


Update 7 August 2019

Letters have now been sent to local MPs and the Transport Minister - the letter to the Minister can be downloaded here  (375.7 KB) PDF