Layla Moran, Lib Dem candidate for Oxford West and Abingdon, has today responded to the news that the Conservatives have pledged to review plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway between Oxford and Milton Keynes and the M1 section, saying that they are “finally aware of how unpopular their Expressway plans are with our community.”
Layla and the local Liberal Democrats have constantly campaigned for a full public consultation on the Expressway including the option to not go ahead with the project at all, with Moran tabling a motion in Parliament in October.
In January 2019, Layla held a debate in the House of Commons on the Expressway, putting pressure on the Government to hold a full public consultation and raising residents’ concerns with the then-Secretary of State. She also arranged for the then-Minister of State, Jesse Norman, to visit Botley in October 2018 to listen to residents.
Commenting, Layla said:
“This is hollow electioneering by a desperate Conservative Party, finally aware of how unpopular their Expressway plans are with our community. We don’t need a pointless government review, we need an urgent public consultation to give residents the opportunity to not go ahead with this disastrous motorway altogether, as I and the Liberal Democrats have been saying since day one.
“The Conservatives have had almost a decade in government to invest in sustainable transport infrastructure such as rail and cycling schemes, and they have completely failed to do so. If they really cared about getting people out of cars and caring for our environment, they would already be doing this. They could have funded the B4044 cycle path and prioritised East-West Rail, not the Expressway.”