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BCC refuse to sign secrecy agreement over Expressway plans

BCC refuse to sign secrecy agreement over Expressway plans

Published by Dan Gooding at 5:46am 31st July 2019.

Bucks County Council have turned down a chance to see the plans for the new expressway, because they would not be able to show us.

They were offered the chance by Highways England, if they signed a Non-Disclosure Agreement.

Councils in Oxfordshire have reportedly agreed to this.

Leader Martin Tett says BCC remains unconvinced the new road will benefit Aylesbury Vale.

He said:

"We were indeed asked to sign a Non-Disclosure Agreement by Highways England but refused to do so.

"The NDA would have allowed Buckinghamshire County Council early sight of the proposed route for the Expressway but we would not have been allowed to discuss this with either our wider membership or our residents."

He told us it might have been much more difficult to challenge the route if they decided to do so.

Oxford to Cambridge Expressway Corridor
Oxford to Cambridge Expressway Corridor

Mr. Tett continued:

"Buckinghamshire County Council completely understands that we need to improve our local and regional road networks, including the A41, A421 and the A34 and A43.

"However, we remain unconvinced that a new high speed semi-motorway through the middle of north Bucks is the right solution. We are arguing for improving local roads so that local people can directly see the benefits."

The Expressway, between Oxford and Cambridge, could pass through the Vale close to Winslow and East West Rail.

A final route is yet to be officially announced, however.

The idea is to better link the two cities and unlock growth between, with the chance of more housing being built in Aylesbury Vale in the form of a new town.

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