London Road Is Still An Issue

You may have not heard about the London Road level crossing closure for a little while but the issue has still not gone away. It's just been sleeping and now the project is restarting in earnest.

 

Yet four years into us asking questions of Oxfordshire County Council and Network Rail how are they going to solve this issue, no answers have been forthcoming. Your councillors and MP have been equally unable to answer our questions.

Once the East West rail link is complete it will link Oxford to Cambridge
Once the East West rail link is complete it will link Oxford to Cambridge

Our fear is that Oxfordshire County Council's tunnel idea is a practical non-starter and considering that the council cannot even afford essential services for the elderly and needy or to repair existing roads, they won't have the budget for a mini-channel tunnel.

 

The project has been dormant for around 24 months awaiting Government approval which has now been granted and work will commence shortly.  Those 24 months could have been used wisely by Oxfordshire County Council to finalise a solution but they have failed to.  We have repeatedly asked your OCC councillors; Les Sibley, Lawrie Stratford, Michael Waine and Dan Sames as well as your MP Victoria Prentis for information they have but none have been able to get an answer.  Unfortunately we feel that none of them have pushed hard enough as not once have they shown us any evidence of their efforts.

 

Phase one of the link is complete, plans for phase two have been submitted and phase three is in development
Phase one of the link is complete, plans for phase two have been submitted and phase three is in development

 

Our fear is that Oxfordshire County Council's tunnel idea is a practical non-starter and considering that the council cannot even afford essential social care services or to repair existing roads, they do not have the budget for a mini-channel tunnel.

 

Keep this topic active in the minds of your councillors and our MP by contacting them yourselves or asking them when you see them. Bicester, the growing town as they love to trumpet cannot be severed into two halves because of lack of ability.

 

As reported by BBC Oxford:  https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-beds-bucks-herts-44979593

 

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    Vicki (Thursday, 11 July 2019 04:29)

    Hi - the blog doesn't present a date when it was written so I can't tell how up to date information about the London Road situation is. I saw something on a Facebook page which suggested a decision has been taken to ignore the issue, but I can't find any details on that. Perhaps you could update the information to let us know whether concerned locals should strap on their armour and go to battle ...??