Layla Moran, Lib Dem MP for Oxford West and Abingdon, has slammed the Government for not announcing the cancellation of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway in the Budget, calling it a “missed opportunity.”
Rumours had been circulating that the Government would scrap the project in the Budget, however following the Chancellor’s statement no immediate announcement was forthcoming.
Layla has long campaigned against the Expressway, saying during the General Election that if the Conservatives really cared about getting people out of cars and caring for our environment, they would already be investing in sustainable transport infrastructure. They could have funded the B4044 cycle path and prioritised East-West Rail, not the Expressway.
On the 26 February, Layla joined a cross-party group of MPs and community activists to deliver the No Expressway Group’s (NEG) petition to 10 Downing Street, saying at the time: “this is also about what comes next. We need more sustainable transport, and that’s why I’m looking for the Government to commit to a fully electrified East-West Rail in the Expressway’s place.”
Commenting, Layla said:
“What a missed opportunity. This Government had an open goal and has missed spectacularly.
“So many people in our community have been campaigning for this massive motorway project to be scrapped for years, and still the Government isn’t listening.
“Rumours are no substitute for a firm commitment, and I urge the Government to move quickly.
“But this must also be about what comes next. We need more sustainable transport, and that’s why I’m looking for the Government to commit to a fully electrified East-West Rail in the Expressway’s place.”
The full Budget can be viewed here: https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/871799/Budget_2020_Web_Accessible_Complete.pdf