Oxford to Cambridge Expressway – response from our MP John Howell

OUR LOBBYING CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE Please continue to write to the MP’s and other Government officials on the Expressway lobbying list.

Dear Mr Hill
Thank you for your email concerning the proposed Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. I appreciate the concerns that the proposals are raising and indeed share some of them. However there is also much speculation at present.

I have had discussion with the Secretary of State for Transport to ensure that he is aware of the local issues and have also put these concerns in writing to him. I have also discussed the matter with the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government due to the potential issues of housing to be built along the route.

I am of the firm opinion that the route should utilise existing roads wherever possible rather than carve a new path through Green Belt land to the south of Oxford. Given that there are alternatives I believe that it is inappropriate and unnecessary to use Green Belt land for this. Further with the requirement for housing to help fund the new road there is even greater reason to avoid a route through the Green Belt.

I have also raised concerns about the transparency of the work on this project. A project of this magnitude should have ready access to as much information as possible in the public domain. I accept that some competitive data needs to remain private but feel that the lack of information is adding to speculation. I have asked the Secretary of State to intervene so that as much information as possible can be immediately put into the public domain with explanation as to what is being held back and why. I have also asked him to ensure that there is full public consultation before a route is decided and not just on the preferred option.

With thanks again for raising your concerns on this project with me.

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Posted on November 13, 2017 in Events in and around Dorchester

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