Keith Taylor, Green MEP for the South East, has reacted with anger to the government's announcement of the preferred corridor for the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway.
The senior Green politician, who met with campaigners in the summer and called for a 'renewed vigour' in the fight against the Expressway, said:
"The Oxford Expressway is a monumental disaster and act of environmental sabotage. The way this decision has been handled, without any consultation with the local communities directly impacted by it, is 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. All at the cost of several billion pounds of taxpayers' money."
"That the corridor avoids Otmoor is of little comfort when we know the project will still cause so much unnecessary destruction. The claim that this decision represents the government's commitment to 'protecting the natural environment' is laughable."
"That the Expressway will run parallel to a much-needed East-West rail link that has already been downgraded from electric to diesel just adds toxic air insult to environmental injury."
"What we need is a government with a radical vision to overhaul a pervasive 20th Century roadbuilding mentality that is driving Britain towards carmageddon. Greens have a 21st Century vision that sees transport as an integrated system and prioritises well-funded, accessible and affordable low-emission public transport networks, active transport and focuses on how and why people move."