Worse still, the department is proposing to build, through a particularly sensitive section of the Oxford green belt, against the opposition of the county council, the Oxford city council and all the local amenity societies, a six-lane trunk road and a vast motorway-type interchange, on a high embankment, with sodium lighting.
Nor is this all. This road, though the Department of Transport has never admitted it, is not really intended to relieve Oxford traffic but is part of an East-West 'strategic trunk road', ie a 'motorway by stealth', and its construction would imply the creation of yet more expenditure to complete this network.
Why is the money for all this so easily available, when other apparently more important areas of public expenditure are under such pressure? Can it be that the road construction industry has some unhealthy influence on the Department of Transport? Or even the Conservative Party?
Stanton St John,
25 JuneReuse content