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Study into new East-West link road a waste of money, say campaigners

21 October 2015

Campaign for Better Transport has responded to Highways England plans to spend half a million pounds on a study to look at options for building a new road link between Oxford and Cambridge.

Stephen Joseph, Chief Executive, Campaign for Better Transport, said:

“It beggers belief that the government is spending such an exorbitant amount of money on a study looking at options on improving connections between Oxford and Cambridge, but which only focuses on a new road building scheme.

Only in the UK do we see transport planners carry out road and rail planning independently from each other which means the new rail link between the two cities, the first stage of which is already underway, has been totally ignored.

Building big new roads is not the answer to the problem of connectivity between our towns and cities. At a time when we are seeing Oxfordshire County Council considering making £3.6m worth of devastating cuts to local bus services we need to see more investment in public transport.”


For further information please contact:

Richard Watkins, Press Officer, at Campaign for Better Transport on 020 7566 6494 / 07984 773468 or richard.watkins@bettertransport.org.uk

Notes to editors

  • Read Highways England press release on the plans for the Oxford/Cambridge road link here - Half million pound study to explore Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
  • Read about Campaign for Transport’s campaigning work against new road schemes - Roads to Nowhere
  • For more information on the East/West rail project visit - eastwestrail.org.uk
  • Campaign for Better Transport is the UK's leading authority on sustainable transport. We champion transport solutions that improve people's lives and reduce environmental damage. Our campaigns push innovative, practical policies at local and national levels. Campaign for Better Transport Charitable Trust is a registered charity (1101929).