The Leader of South Oxfordshire District Council is calling on MPs to back its preferred route for the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
Cllr Jane Murphy has written to the Rt Hon Chris Grayling, Secretary of State for Transport, setting out that the Council’s preference for the Expressway is Corridor C, which would run between Milton Keynes and the A34 at Bicester via Buckinghamshire to the north and west of Oxford, along with sub-option C1 which would link back to the A34 between Abingdon and Didcot.
The Council agreed the preferred route at a meeting on Thursday (19 July) after a motion was put forward by Cllr Felix Bloomfield, Cabinet Member for Planning and Deputy Leader.
Cllr Murphy said: “We are supportive of the objectives and purpose of the Expressway and recognise that it will support economic growth along the Oxford-to-Cambridge Corridor. We strongly believe our preferred route is the best option not only for South Oxfordshire, but Oxfordshire as a whole and I am urging all of our local MPs to support this route.
“I have also set out in my letter to the Secretary of State that, given the potential environmental harm to southern Oxfordshire, further consultation and engagement will be needed should it be decided by Highways England to back an alternative south of Oxford route.”
The Council believes its preferred route is the best option because:
- it would more closely align with the current main route along this corridor, A34-M40-A421- M1, helping alleviate congestion along this route
- it would more closely align with the growth locations along the corridor such as Bicester and Didcot Garden Town, and potential further growth areas in Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire
- it would more closely align with the other key east-west infrastructure schemes, such as East-West Rail.
South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils