Expressway documents and useful links

UPDATE: The following documents were made available to the Parish at a Highways England presentation on 23rd November 2018. CAR means corridor assessment report.

CAR Appendix I
CAR Appendix H
CAR Appendix G
CAR Appendix F
CAR Appendix B
CAR Appendix C
CAR Appendix D
CAR Appendix E
CAR Appendix A
SOBC
Overview Booklet
CAR Exec Summary
CULTURAL HERITAGE – COMMON CORRIDORS
AIR QUALITY – CORRIDOR B
AIR QUALITY – COMMON CORRIDORS
Corridor Assessment Report (CAR)
CULTURAL HERITAGE – CORRIDOR B
GEOLOGY AND SOILS – COMMON CORRIDORS
GEOLOGY AND SOILS – CORRIDOR B
INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (1 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (5 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (4 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (3 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (2 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (6 OF 6) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B1 (LOCATION PLAN)
INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (1 OF 5) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (2 OF 5) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (LOCATION PLAN)
INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (5 OF 5) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (4 OF 5) INFRASTRUCTURE EXISTING CONDITIONS – CORRIDOR B3 (3 OF 5) LANDSCAPE – COMMON CORRIDORS
LANDSCAPE – CORRIDOR B
NATURE CONSERVATION – COMMON CORRIDORS
NATURE CONSERVATION – CORRIDOR B
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES – CORRIDOR B
PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES – COMMON CORRIDORS
NOISE AND VIBRATION – CORRIDOR B
NOISE AND VIBRATION – COMMON CORRIDORS
ROAD DRAINAGE, FLOOD RISK – COMMON CORRIDORS
ROAD DRAINAGE, FLOOD RISK – CORRIDOR B
ROAD DRAINAGE, GEOMORPHOLOGY – COMMON CORRIDORS
ROAD DRAINAGE, GEOMORPHOLOGY – CORRIDOR B
SPECIAL CATEGORY LAND, CROWN LAND AND GREEN BELT – CORRIDOR B
SPECIAL CATEGORY LAND, CROWN LAND AND GREEN BELT – COMMON CORRIDORS
ROAD DRAINAGE, GROUNDWATER – CORRIDOR B
ROAD DRAINAGE, GROUNDWATER – COMMON CORRIDORS

UPDATE SEPTEMBER 2018: CORRIDOR B CHOSEN 

www.gov.uk/government/news/route-announced-to-unlock-full-potential-of-englands-economic-heartland:

A plan to link together fast-growing technology hotspots took a further step closer to fruition today (12 September 2018) as Roads Minister Jesse Norman announced the chosen central corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

After detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England, of the 3 options A, B and C, Corridor B was judged to offer greater benefits to the region – outperforming the other options by providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services.

The expressway, with options to pass either west or east of Oxford, is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

Picture of the proposed corridor route.

Building the new link close to the east/west rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.

Roads Minister Jesse Norman said:

The government is taking the big decisions on infrastructure, working to maximise growth and productivity across the UK.England’s economic heartland, as it has been called, already plays a crucial role in powering the UK’s growth, science and innovation, but there is no single route to connect Oxford and Cambridge.This expressway will enhance both transport connectivity and growth across the region for the benefit of the UK as a whole.

Infographic showing benefits of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said: The Oxford to Cambridge arc is one of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Europe. We want to realise that potential by investing in the new infrastructure the area needs and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is an important part of our plan. The Expressway will provide a link between 2 of the country’s intellectual powerhouses and open up vital jobs, skills and housing opportunities to transform the region’s economy. We are investing record amounts in the UK’s infrastructure, including funding the largest road-building programme since the 1970s. A full public consultation will be held next year, in which residents and businesses in and around the corridor will have their say on more detailed designs for the route.

 

RESPONSE FROM OXON COUNTY COUNCIL:

Oxfordshire County Council Statement: Highways England’s announcement of preferred Corridor for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway

 Oxfordshire County Council welcomes the announcement of a preferred Corridor for part of the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway as it offers a degree of clarity on where the final scheme would go. However we are very disappointed that we still don’t know about  access to the M40 through Oxfordshire.

 Highways England, who are leading on this national project, have identified Corridor B as their proposal, the central corridor from the three broad corridors being considered. However, we still have no indication on which of the sub-options around Oxford would be taken forward.

 We will now carefully study the Corridor put forward, including the justification and technical detail which has led to this choice, and how it would affect already stretched roads, such as the A34 and interface with other schemes including East West Rail.

 As a member of the Oxfordshire Growth Board, we strongly support better transport links and other infrastructure between Oxford and Cambridge in this strategically important corridor. However, we have set 3 tests to assess the decision-making process for that corridor and, eventually, the final route choice:

 Impact on the A34: it should provide relief to congestion on the A34 and function as a separate strategic route, allowing the A34 around Oxford to work better for local traffic

  • Pressure on existing roads: It should not increase pressure on overstretched roads
  • Conflation with other schemes: It should be developed separately but alongside other local schemes, to ensure the highway network works for Oxfordshire overall

 This initiative aims to be a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to unlock growth that can help us to continue developing thriving, well connected communities for all in Oxfordshire. Invariably, a project of this magnitude and ambition will have an impact, which we will need to ensure is mitigated. That is why we are working with Highways England and in partnership with other councils, organisations and businesses to get the best deal for Oxfordshire.  We will continue to do this, and seek clarity on how the corridor choice is developed so that a decision can be made on the best route for the scheme.

 

PREVIOUS DOCUMENTS & DETAIL:

The widely publicised Oxford to Cambridge Expressway may pass through the Otmoor. The majority of the local parishes, including Fencott and Murcott, have written objections, and there are several further action groups,  including the RSPB, who have also petitioned against the proposal.

A decision on which of the three proposed routes will be used is expected to be announced this summer. Here are a short selection of documents which should provide you with information on the routes and the view of the PC.

Cambridge-Milton-Keynes-Oxford-interim-report

Fencott & Murcott PC: OxCam Expressway summary May 2018

oxford-to-cambridge-expressway-strategic-study-stage-3-report 

Expressway flyer (from Oddington PC)

Useful websites: 

https://www.saveotmoor.org

https://www.expresswayactiongroup.com