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The Alliance has been formed by a group of organisations including Oxford Friends of the Earth who raised the money to get things going. Our current list of members (8th March 2019) is below.

A central reason for building the Expressway is to open up new land for housing along the route. Building homes for car-borne commuters in the countryside does nothing to meet Oxfordshire’s desperate need for low cost homes for local people.

Oxford co-housing says:

Planning to build as many as 300K more homes between Oxford and Cambridge seems both foolish and grandiose.

· the majority won’t be affordable (and building more ‘unaffordable’ open market homes will continue to inflate the market);

· it will add to our transport difficulties, as these extra homes would potentially almost double that number of cars on our roads;

· the carbon generated by such a build will be huge and decimate any planned efforts to reduce our carbon footprint;

· building on the greenbelt will add to the already unacceptable degradation of biodiversity.We should look to build clusters of community-led homes in every neighbourhood and village that can demonstrate housing need…using every available site and especially making use of public and charitable-owned land:  homes that are people-centred, built for and by local people, with local connections; zero carbon AND with most, if not all, permanently affordable.

The Alliance wants to see improved transport links through the rapid construction of the ‘East-West Rail’ Oxford – Cambridge rail link. This should be built before any road is considered.

The Alliance meets regularly and has an interim steering committee of five people. We welcome people who would like to get involved – email us at

Our members:
Member groups: Buckinghamshire Expressway Action Group, Bullingdon Community Association (Oxford), Cambridge Friends of the Earth, Charlton on Otmoor Parish Council, Charndon Parish Council, Cowley Area Transport Group, Cumnor Parish Council, Extinction Rebellion Oxford, Fossil Free Oxfordshire, Friends of Lye Valley, Friends of Raleigh Park, Greenpeace UK, No Expressway Group (formerly known as: Horton cum Studley Expressway Group), Horton cum Studley Parish Council, Low Carbon West Oxford, Kidlington Parish Council, Need Not Greed Coalition – (35 member groups)North Hinksey Parish Council, North Otmoor No Expressway Group, Oxford Bioregion Forum, Oxford Climate Lobby, Oxford Friends of the Earth, Oxfordshire Liveable Streets, Radley Parish Council, Reading Friends of the Earth, Rethink Oxfordshire’s Economic Growth Plan, Sandford on Thames Parish Council, South Oxfordshire Sustainability, Sunningwell Parishioners Against Damage to the Environment (SPADE), Wendlebury Parish Council, Weston on the Green Parish Council, Westway Community Concern, Yarnton Parish Council.

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