BCC leader 'disappointed' by Expressway route chosen

BCC leader 'disappointed' by Expressway route chosen

Published by Dan Gooding at 11:37am 13th September 2018. (Updated at 6:11am 17th September 2018)

Buckinghamshire County Council's leader says he is disappointed by the government's preferred option for the new expressway.

They want it to run alongside East West Rail, but the council wanted a different route, around the bottom of Aylesbury.

Martin Tett says it would have helped link existing towns, rather than through mostly green space.

The preferred option was announced yesterday by Roads Minister Jesse Norman.

Cllr Martin Tett, Leader of Buckinghamshire County Council, said:

"Whilst we welcome Government's commitment to funding infrastructure that is essential to meet the Government's ambitious housing targets for the Oxford to Cambridge corridor, we are very disappointed that our preference for a southern option has not been selected as the preferred corridor for the expressway.

"This would have helped link existing communities, towns and growth areas in Buckinghamshire with economic centres in the region . It would also have provided much needed bypasses for Wing and Aylesbury.

"We are also concerned at the potential environmental impact of the chosen route as it passes so many extremely sensitive and beautiful areas of the county."

Martin said that it is important that the government now engages with local people in the next stage of consultation on the actual route and not just 'stakeholders'.

Martin Tett
Martin Tett is disappointed by the decision

He added that the Council feels our exclusion from consultation on the corridor options was a mistake.

The Leader continued:

"It is vital that the expressway brings real economic benefits to the residents and communities along the route. We are scarred by the experience of HS2 with communities being 'done to', not 'worked with', and this must not be repeated.

"The County Council will work closely with our partners in the district councils to get the very best outcome possible for Bucks' people and businesses.

"In addition, England's Economic Heartland is commissioning a 'connectivity study' examining how communities not on the expressway itself can still benefit from it - clearly this work will have important implications for places such as Aylesbury and Princes Risborough, which are seeing significant levels of housing growth."

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