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Campaigners call for urgent meeting over Expressway

They want to talk with the Transport Secretary about the proposed road.

Published by Dan Gooding at 2:15pm 19th December 2019. 3-minute read.

Campaigners call for urgent meeting over Expressway

A review could happen into the new Expressway through Aylesbury Vale - and campaigners want to be involved.

The No Expressway Group have written to the Transport Secretary, asking to have a meeting with him as soon as possible.

They're worried this proposed new road would cause too much damage to the countryside.

At times during the election, the group say it sounded as though the project had been cancelled and they want clarity on this or if a review - like the one happening into HS2 - will go ahead.

NEG is requesting this meeting because the only response to two letters, dated 22nd November and 4th December, to speaking with Grant Shapps’ constituency office, and to this matter being raised by them directly with his Chief of Staff, Nicholas Langley, on 29th November, has been to ask NEG to get back in touch yet again after the General Election.

NEG spokesperson Olivia Field said:

"This is a matter of great concern to the communities all along the Oxford to Cambridge Arc, made worse by the huge uncertainty that both the delays in consultation and the pledge to review have created.

"Some people are concerned that a review could be a whitewash, as was the case for the HS2 review.

"Others are confused by some of the Conservative party candidates during the recent election period who said the expressway was ‘effectively cancelled’ but that this couldn’t be announced because of purdah.

"People need clarity of when any ‘review’ might happen, of what the approach of the review will be, of who will be involved and whether or not they will be represented by NEG in this process."

"Having still had no contact, other than to ask us to make contact again, we must now meet with Grant Shapps as a matter of urgency, to ensure he really understands the issues and concerns involved, to agree how NEG will be involved in any Ox-Cam Expressway review and to understand the timescale of future events."

NEG is continuing to urge people not to see the Government’s announcement as ‘game over’.

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