Keith Taylor MEP has welcomed Oxford City Council's passing of a motion in opposition to the Cambridge-Oxford Expressway. The full City Council meeting on Monday 28th January condemned the Expressway in its present form, with all three parties on the Council supporting.
The council also voted in favour of the Greens' motion to declare a 'climate emergency' in recognition of the urgent need to tackle climate change and the efforts the city must make.
Mr Taylor, who has previously called on the European Commission to investigate the legality of the controversial plans for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, welcomed the motions.
The senior Green Party politician reiterated his view that the lack of public consultation on the 'environmentally destructive' Expressway project is in contravention of international law.
"It is only sensible that Oxford City Council rejects the Expressway and I commend councillors for working across party lines to do so. It is clearer than ever that the project is a monumental disaster and act of environmental sabotage."
"The way the Expressway decision has been handled at a national level, without any meaningful consultation with the local communities directly impacted by it, appears to be in direct contravention of the UK's international legal obligations under the Aarhus Convention."
"The Expressway itself is a wrongheaded and profoundly irresponsible pursuit that will put more cars on our roads, spewing out toxic fumes, and do so at the expense of our precious environment and climate. That's why the council's opposition to the Expressway must - and has - come hand-in-hand with its support for the Greens' 'Climate Emergency' motion."
"That the planned road will run parallel to a much-needed East-West rail link that has already been downgraded from electric to diesel just adds air pollution insult to environmental injury."
"It's now time for the government to take heed of the local communities and local democracy they too often ignore. We need a radical transport vision to overhaul an outdated roadbuilding and housebuilding mentality that is eating up Britain's natural environment and driving the country towards carmageddon."
Mr Taylor, recently launched 'Outmoded: a call for sustainable mobility in the 21st century', a new publication advocating for sustainable mobility across the South East. He concluded:
"I will continue to stand with campaigners to oppose the Oxford Expressway. I will also stand with residents calling for the electrification of the parallel East-West rail route to be prioritised."
"Greens have a 21st Century vision that sees transport and housing as integrated systems and prioritises well-funded, accessible and affordable low-emission public transport networks, active transport and focuses on understanding how and why people move."