Oxford – Cambridge Expressway Information Update
A Reminder – Highways England will be announcing a selection of 6 routes for public consultation in the Autumn. Three will be to the west and north of Oxford & three to the south and east. Beyond Calvert the route will roughly follow the east-west rail link. A plan is below which shows some of the possible routes derived from information in Highways England Corridor Assessment Report.
The map also shows aspirational growth estimates of workers and jobs along the expressway corridor. A paper has been prepared assessing these proposals based on work done by Highways England.
Another paper has been prepared on “Economic assessments of Ox-Cam Expressway: Analysis” based on what has been detailed in Highways England’s Corridor Assessment Report and Strategic Outline Business Case. It has concluded that research by a transport modeler is needed before a final economic assessment can be undertaken.
Dates for your diary
17th June – Oxford Civic Society Expressway Debate (Ian Hudspeth vs Danny Dorling), 17th June, Assembly Rooms, Oxford Town Hall (booking essential) https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/should-oxfordshire-grow-the-expressway-and-new-communities-tickets-59044375316?aff=erellivmlt
7th July – Walk Otmoor, details to follow. The NEG are organising a repeat of last years walk. If you would like to do a walk on the same day highlighting countryside in your area that could be affected by the expressway, please let me know the details and it will be advertised under the banner of the big walks day.
27th July – NEA, picnic & rally on Brill Common, Brill, 10.30 am to 1 pm, Speakers, music & celebration. Further details to follow.
What Can You Do?
Raise awareness By Circulating your local community with information about the expressway
Hold a village meeting
Put up roadside posters in your area (NB posters are currently available through the No Expressway Group).
If you would like help, support (including speakers) and information please get in touch with the No Expressway Alliance ( firstname.lastname@example.org), No Expressway Group ( email@example.com), or Buckinghamshire Expressway Action Group (firstname.lastname@example.org).
NB The No Expressway Alliance is the umbrella organisation for all groups that are totally opposed to the construction of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
Campaigns Co-ordinator, No Expressway Alliance
We are For our Countryside – For our Climate – For our and our Children’s Future
12 September 2018 For immediate release
Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Expressway Corridor B announcement
Highways England has today announced that Corridor B is its preferred route for the proposed Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford Expressway, following a programme of stakeholder engagement. This is the first of a number of key decisions that will be taken in respect of this locally and nationally important project. Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) says today’s announcement is important in helping us to start to understand more about the government’s plan for the area and to continue to work with partners to understand the potential implications with its members, local communities and partners.
The expressway is just one of the components of the government’s strategy for the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth corridor and is of great relevance to our residents and businesses as approximately 70% of the new road will pass through Aylesbury Vale.
The Leader of the Council, Councillor Angela Macpherson, said:
“Today’s announcement provides clarity on the government’s preferred corridor. Whilst this is a scheme of national importance, it is essential that Highways England engages with us and our communities in the critical next stage of this project that will be focused on determining the detailed route within the identified corridor.
“We now need to take time to properly assess and understand the corridor decision and discuss the implications with our local communities, members and partners, in particular, Buckinghamshire County Council. This cannot be another HS2, and we will press the government to understand the benefits this infrastructure can bring to the Vale.
“The government has identified that the expressway can help to unlock growth across the corridor and we want to work with government to help shape good growth and create successful and sustainable places with our local communities.”