CAMPAIGNERS have united in their fight against council plans for a new park and ride outside Abingdon.

Last month Oxfordshire County Council approved the Local Transport plan, which contained proposals for new park and rides including one at Lodge Hill.

Other plans included park and rides at Eynsham, Cumnor, Sandford-on-Thames, Langford Lane in Kidlington and a site east of Kidlington, replacing the existing Oxford City Council facilities at Seacourt, Redbridge and Pear Tree.

But campaigners have vowed to continue to fight the plans for the park and ride at Lodge Hill and service area for 100 HGVs.

Ticia Lever, of North Abingdon Local Plan Group, said she will prepare a case against the plans for when the full county council meets in September, adding: “We are concerned about the proposed park and ride and service area for 100 HGVs in the Green Belt at Abingdon.

“There is one of the best bus services in the county running between Abingdon and Oxford, so why the park and ride on this site, which will draw additional traffic through town?”

The group’s opposition is supported by the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

Oxfordshire campaign manager Helena Whall said the proposals would undermine the Green Belt and encroach on the countryside.