Parliament will debate ‘the route for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway’ after Layla Moran raised concerns that people’s opinions about the planned new road hadn’t been heard.
Layla Moran MP & Transport Minister Jesse Norman speak to residents in Botley about the Expressway
Layla has called the debate which will take place on Friday, 11th January.
Last September the Government announced their preferred corridor for the new Oxford-Cambridge Expressway – but the decision about the exact route for the road and whether it would go to the east or west of Oxford will be made further down the line.
The Liberal Democrat MP said that meant homes, schools, communities and the environment in Abingdon, Botley and other parts of Oxfordshire remained under threat.
In October, Transport Minister Jesse Norman visited Botley at Ms Moran’s request to listen to concerns about the impact on homes, schools and war graves that would need to be demolished if the A34 is expanded to make way for the Expressway – one of the options under consideration.
But Layla said she wanted to make sure residents’ views from across Abingdon, Radley, Kidlington and Oxford – as well as Botley – are put on the record in Parliament before any decisions are made about the route.
She is urging residents to contact her with comments, concerns and suggestions about the Expressway so she can raise them during her House of Commons debate.
Layla Moran said:
“I’m delighted I’ve managed to secure this special debate on ‘the route for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway’ where I'll be making sure local people's voices are heard loud & clear by the Government's Transport minister before any decisions are made.
“The Government are ploughing ahead with the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, but at no point have they asked people if they even want a new road.
“I am sceptical about whether it is needed at all and whilst I’d rather investment was put into rail links and integrated public transport, I’ll be doing all I can to stop the prospect of damage to homes, communities & the environment in Abingdon, Radley, Botley, Kidlington and the surrounding villages in my constituency that could be under threat from the Expressway.
“If anyone has any comments or concerns please do let me know ahead of the debate so I can make sure you voice is heard!”