We believe there is no need for an Oxford-Cambridge Expressway, nor the over-inflated housing targets associated with it

The government’s overall vision for the project promotes ‘richness’, ‘secure and good quality housing’, ‘sustainable travel options’, ‘well-skilled, high value jobs’, and communities ‘resilient to climate change’, but it is worryingly unclear how the plan will deliver on these lofty aspirations.

We want to ensure that the project is properly evaluated. Can these increases in housing stock be justified? What are the environmental costs? Is this the right location for such economic development when so many areas of the UK find themselves in economic decline?

As part of the process, the authorities are committed to ensuring there will be “early, proportionate and meaningful engagement between plan makers and communities, local organisations, businesses, infrastructure providers and statutory bodies.” We are determined to ensure this happens in a systematic way and allows people who will be affected by the development to have their say.

 

 
‘This is a campaign for environmental justice – for the sake of wildlife and people. The Expressway is a 20th century solution to a 21st century problem. Wildlife in this country is in serious trouble. Many species are in steep decline. The government has committed to leave the environment in a better state than they found it, but it is unclear how the Expressway and its potential impact on protected habitats is compatible with this ambition. We welcome support from the public to fight this legal battle so wildlife habitats are not destroyed.’
— Estelle Bailey, CEO of BBOWT