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Oxford to Cambridge Expressway - Time to Write

New Map Showing Routes

A recently published NIC document includes a map showing possible routings for the expressway. You can see the document here, with the map on page 9. The southern routes include the one near us as well as one joining with the A34 south of Abingdon.

 


Time to Write

The National Infrastructure Commission are discussing their final report on the Oxford - Cambridge Expressway, and it is likely to be published in November. Depending on who you believe, this may or may not contain a recommendation as to the preferred route.

In any case, if you feel strongly about the possible southern routing of the expressway then now is the time to send emails and letters of concern to the likes of the National Infrastructure Commission themselves and MPS and Councillors. We need to let the decision makers know how we feel.

All the South Oxfordshire parishes are united in arguing that the Northern Route (the upgrading and widening of the A34) is much cheaper and much more effective.

Cuddesdon and Denton have sent Parish Council letters and Bishop Humphrey has written, but the Parish Council feels that the village should also mailshot hard, just as other parishes have promised to do.

Some of the arguments you could make are:

1. Any proposed southern route will cut through the heart of Oxford’s green belt, in contradiction to national and local planning policies.

2. The southern route will cost over £400 million more than the northern route via the A34 (NIC’s own figures).

3. A southern route will leave the A34 through West Oxford unimproved and miss the opportunity for regeneration in that area.

4. A southern route will cut through a pristine flood plain environment and wildlife corridor: it would cause huge environmental damage.

5. A southern route to the M40 at junction 6,7 or 8 will prevent the designated growth towns like Bicester, Witney, Banbury and Northampton from receiving the growth boost and advantages of the new expressway. The current Oxfordshire Local Plan designates the towns of Bicester and Witney for further major housing development (Witney +10,000 homes, Bicester +13,000). Any southern route would run on the wrong side of Oxford for linking them to the expressway.

6. A southern route would deliver much needed housing growth later than a northern option, which would link existing growth towns which already have town centres, infrastructure, schools, surgeries, employment zones etc.

7. The northern option via the A34 and Bicester is closely aligned with the new Oxford - Cambridge rail link. Access from the expressway to the railway stations would allow faster ‘last-mile’ access to Oxford, Didcot and other knowledge spine towns, and reduce road traffic pressure and congestion on Oxford City. A southern route would deny easy access to Oxford Parkway, Bicester and other stations, and generate more road traffic and city congestion and pressure on park and ride services.

8. The Northern route along the A34 would see junction improvements and improved flows all along the A34 to the M40 at junction 9, and especially at junction 9 itself, and would eliminate the daily traffic jams on the M40 there.

9. I have only recently become aware of this new expressway as no democratic consultation has been made among the people and villages and towns that would be affected.

 


Who You Might Write To

 The National Infrastructure Commission

Chairman: Rt. Hon. Lord Adonis


Deputy Chairman John Armitt CBE


Chief Executive: Phil Graham

All at:
National Infrastructure Commission
5th Floor, 11 Philpot Lane
London EC3M 8UD

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Click here for the NIC website.

 


Parliament

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Sajid Javid MP - Secretary of State for Communities and local Government (Ministerial Champion for the Midlands Engine): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


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Andrea Leadsom MP Northampton South (Also Leader of Commons): This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it


Both Northampton MPs may be interested - the Northern route would provide easy links for Northampton to the Expressway

 

SODC


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Chief Executive Mark Stone

South Oxfordshire District Council
135 Eastern Avenue
Milton Park
Milton
OX14 4SB

 


Oxfordshire County Council

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Parish Councils Meet to discuss the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

The Parish Council called a meeting during September to discuss the expressway with nearby villages. There was an extremely good response with representatives from the parish councils of many affected villages attending.

Mike Tyce of CPRE gave a clear presentation and explanation of the National Infrastructure Commission’s proposed routes for the Expressway, and provided the latest news on the route and the politics around it.

The parish councils are encouraging residents of their communities to apply pressure to those who are influencing the routing of the expressway so it is not built to the south of Oxford.
 
The parish councils involved include Radley, Great Haseley, Garsington, The Baldons, Horspath, Wheatley, Waterperry, Waterstock, Stadhampton, Little Milton, Drayton St Leonard and Warborough.

 


Views of SODC and OCC

Elizabeth Gillespie from SODC was at the meeting of the parishes as well as Lorraine Lindsay-Gale from the County Council, and they told the meeting about their councils’ points of view.

OCC had been supportive of the southern route, while SODC is opposed to it and has written to the National Infrastructure Commission in support of the Northern route option. Discussions are still continuing in both Councils, so our letters and emails could make a difference.

Kirsten Johnson, our OCC councillor, has suggested that there should be a full open meeting for county councillors so they can understand the arguments against the southern route.

 County councillors have had a briefing on the expressway options and a copy of the notes on the briefing can be seen here.

 

Neighbourhood Plan

The application to develop a neighbourhood plan has been registered with SODC. The plan action group is still waiting for the go ahead from the District Council so they can start development of the document.

 
Some Other Links

 Click here to see a briefing note which gives some background information on the decision making process concerning the expressway. 

 The government's Expressway Study Report can be seen here, with a map indicating possible routes on page 39.

The Parish Council has commented on the District Council's Local Plan with regard to the expressway and you can read their comments here.

 

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 17 October 2017 14:40 )