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Corridor Announced

In November 2017, The National Infrastructure Commission released its final report on the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor project. The project, aims to build a new expressway road from Oxford to Cambridge, in order to facilitate growth in housing and industry along its route. 

The proposed Corridor has been announced and you can find a link to the map and statement   

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/route-announced-to-unlock-full-potential-of-englands-economic-heartland

 

 

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Highways England detailed publication on the corridor choice

Read the full information booklet here

 

There were 3 main corridor routes under consideration for the Oxfordshire stretch of the expressway.

 

Each route has the potential to be devastating to our local environment, Green Belt and historic places.

 

In 2016 Highways England were given the remit to progress the first stages of the project, they appointed a consultancy, Jacobs, to conduct a programme of consultation with appointed stakeholders (local councils, wildlife trusts etc.).

 

The corridor decision has been announced and the target date for commencement of construction is 2025.

 

Map of Corridor Announcement

 

 To download all corridor maps click here...

 

About the EAG

The Expressway Action Group (EAG) represents over 40 villages and parishes across Oxfordshire with over 30,000 residents.

 

We are now Stakeholders in Highways England’s Stakeholder Engagement process, and have submitted economic, environmental and wildlife / habitat evidence to the Highways / Jacobs Engagement teams.

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Birds

We are gravely concerned regarding the risks that this project poses to our communities and the environment. We are also concerned at the risk of a dilution of the Arc’s effectiveness in job creation and GDP uplift.
 
We are especially concerned that some interested parties have been actively promoting a new Southern expressway route past Oxford.

Since its inception in the summer of 2017, the EAG has grown from 9 villages/parishes to over 40 parishes. EAG has achieved some significant successes to date.  

 

It has been accepted as a stakeholder group, alongside Councils, Oxford Colleges, developers and landowners and has had two high level meetings with government including meetings in Whitehall/Westminster with the Chief Secretary to the Treasury Liz Truss MP and her key officials, and the Special Advisor to Chris Grayling, Transport Minister.  

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Red Kite

The EAG has also achieved extensive regional press and broadcast coverage and built a good working relationship with Highways England (HE) who have set up a special channel for EAG for submission of environmental and heritage data.  


And as required most of this data was sent by end Feb from almost all villages to ensure Highways factor in all their significant environment, economic, archaeological /historical and other key features into their decision process. 

EAG believe that the Government is intent on building the Expressway. Although we might not like any of the corridors or routes, we must try our best to influence the outcome.  

The chosen corridor and final route must be the least harmful route for the environment and our communities – that will be the route that uses the most existing roads.

Cold Fields
 

What next?

Highways England

 HE have submitted their recommendation for corridor B and this has now been announced as the preferred corridor by Government.

Extract from statement: "This decision determines the broad area within which the road will be developed: the process of designing a specific route will now get under way, involving extensive further consultation with local people to find the best available options. Members of the public will be able to comment on the full set of front-running designs in a public consultation next year, and the road is on schedule to be open to traffic by 2030".

 

HE will continue to manage this process. The EAG are evaluating the next steps and will take an active role in the consultation process. 

Consultation

We anticipate further intensive lobbying from vested interests in the county and government concerning the options for the route for the Expressway around Oxford. 

 

Central government is being polite and while some of our initiatives are beginning to get some traction, we still need to make as much noise as possible and voice our concerns regarding the possibility of the route destroying Green Belt and countryside.  

We need to let politicians and local councillors know that this matters to us and might influence the way we vote!  

 

What can you do?

Write / E-mail

It will definitely help if you write to MP’s and councillors. 

  1. Ask what they are doing to prevent the damage and destruction of over ten miles of un spoilt Green Belt if an eastern route around Oxford were chosen.  

  2. Point out the benefits of using and upgrading existing roads as part of the corridor 

  3. Point out that using existing roads would save £400m of tax payers money vs a new road. 

  4. Ask why they can’t adopt and adapt the Northern A34 route which is already, in all but name, an Expressway

  

 

John Howell

MP Henley Constituency

House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

Tel: 020 7219 6676

Oxford County Council

All Councillors Contacts

A full list of all Councillors contacts can be found here.

South Oxfordshire District Council

All Councillors Contacts

A full list of all Councillors contacts can be found here.

Chris Grayling

Secretary of State for Transport

He will be the person making the final decision in July.  Even if you have already written please just drop him another note. They have short memories!

Department for Transport, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London, SW1P 4DR

 Tel: 0300 330 3000

Buckinghamshire Council

All Contacts

A full list of the county council contacts can be found here.

Tell all your friends and contacts in other villages

Spread the word

EAG member parishes held a photocall and media briefing to help make more people in Oxfordshire aware of the potential blight to our county, communities, villages and their wildlife - the OxCamExpressway represents. We had a great turn-out and a wonderful mix of parishes and people with some impressive placards and posters.

 

Although we’ve been making quite a bit of noise – there are still many people in villages that will be affected who still have not heard of the Expressway or understand how it could dramatically affect them, their villages, local amenities and surrounding countryside.  

 

Tell them to check out the EAG Facebook page.

 

Poster Campaign

EAG have launched a Poster Campaign across Oxfordshire.  We have put together three different treatments to be used in different ways and locations.

 

Put Up Posters

At home, in your village, on Parish noticeboards, at your place of work, on local roads, schools, clubs.

Please print some for your own village’s use and help us make more impact. 


You can find PDF Files of the posters here

Poster Options

There are a few different posters to choose from.


EAG AREA posters to position on major road junctions and places where there are rush-hour pinch points, outside villages.  


EAG Windows and Gardens posters for use in your village houses and community 


And Roadside Series posters to place in sequence on approaches to traffic lights, village 30/20 zones, etc. 

Printing

One website EAG suggests for online printing as they offer fast turnaround is InstantPrint. Pixart, Printed.com and Eazy-print are also good options.

Leaflet

Download and print a copy of our leaflet to handout to neighbours or to circulate at village events and fetes.

FAQ

We have also produced a list of frequently asked questions that you are welcome to handout.

To see the full set of National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) reports click here...

 

To see a PDF of the Government strategic study stage 3 report click here...

 

Press

Calls to scrap 'ridiculous' Oxford to Cambridge Expressway

20th May 2018

Oxfordshire Guardian petition launched to save rare wetland

4th May 2018

BBC fears Expressway could devastate wildlife

3rd May 2018

Environmentalists protest over £3.5 billion road scheme

12th April 2018

Expressway group launches drive to keep road away from Green Belt south of Oxford

12th April 2018

Oxford to Cambridge highway routes face action group protest

13th April 2018

New Oxford to Cambridge plans still leave campaigners worried

31st March 2018

Britain’s housing crisis isn't a lack of homes... it's not having enough places where people want to live

5th March 2018

East West Rail and Expressway to Cambridge will increase pollution

6th March 2018

Call to extend Expressway

19th February 2018

Swindon 'should be included' in Oxford to Cambridge expressway

19th February 2018

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway route 'must be consulted on' before dec

1st February 2018

Building on greenfield land at 25-year high

29th January 2018

Call for expressway and Oxford Airport expansion to be scrapped

24th January 2018

Expressway objection

22nd January 2018

Villagers welcome suggestions that Expressway could avoid South Oxfordshire

22nd November 2017

 

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