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New Roads in Oxfordshire – time to say NO!

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New Roads in Oxfordshire – time to say NO!

Oxfordshire County Council submitted a planning application in November to build a new 9 mile road from the A34 at Milton through to the B4015 near Clifton Hampden and linking to the A 4074 (Oxford-Wallingford rd.). This will impact on all villages along its route. Five local parish councils are paying for expert advice to help them oppose the plan. The road would cost at least £218 Million.  There was a very short consultation period, but the County have now said they will accept more comments until February.

Oxford Friends of the Earth oppose this plan and urge you to join us in objecting (see below). Our main grounds for objection are:

  • We must invest in clean transport rather than new roads. We need to decarbonise our transport system. Transport is the single biggest contributor to the UK’s emissions and is the only sector that has not yet achieved significant reductions from the 1990 baseline. The transport sector needs to reduce emissions by two-thirds over the next ten years if we are to meet national targets.
  • New roads designed to ‘relieve’ traffic have repeatedly led to increased traffic in the area. There is ample clear evidence on this.
  • This road is likely to take traffic off the A34 that is heading for the M40 and may be part of an ‘Expressway by stealth’. If this road is built there will be pressure for a further new road linking this one to the M40.
  • The road proposal is linked to the ‘Oxfordshire Growth Deal’ and to major new housing developments on greenfield sites. The Growth Deal figures for housing need have been widely challenged.
  • The proposal has not followed government guidance on ‘Transport Appraisal’. There is no evidence that there has been a full evaluation of all options including not building the road and public transport based solutions
  • This road will cost at least £218 Million – money that should be invested in clean transport.

The new County ‘LTCP’ transport plan proposes to ‘replace or remove 1 out of every 4 current car trips in Oxfordshire by 2030’. Building this new road will instead increase car trips and undermine the Council’s own plans and commitments to a zero carbon future.

You can object easily. 

Go to: https://myeplanning.oxfordshire.gov.uk/Planning/Display/R3.0138/21 to fill in an online response.

Click first on ‘Accept’ to go to the main page and then on ‘Comment’, enter your details, register as ‘Objection’ under ‘Response Type’ and make your statement, using some of the points above. For more info see the end of this newsletter.  NB The county website shows that the consultation is over, but they have stated that all comments will be taken for at least another month.