Sir – Oxfordshire County Council has announced proposals to set up a number of massive new park-and-rides in the Oxford Green Belt. It says that the existing park-and-rides in Oxford should be closed, because they are creating too much traffic.

Instead, they have suggested five new sites in the Oxford Green Belt at Langford Lane, East of Kidlington, Cumnor, Lodge Hill and Sandford, plus a further site at Eynsham (which may or may not end up in the Green Belt).

CPRE believes the proposed park-and-rides will undermine the openness and permanence of the Green Belt, and encroach upon the countryside.

They will do nothing to get people out of their cars. Instead, they will just increase the amount of traffic to and from the radial routes to surrounding towns.

Furthermore, they will continue to put the focus on increasing jobs in Oxford, leading to even more pressure on the Green Belt.

Oxfordshire County Council is consulting on its new transport plan ‘Connecting Oxfordshire’, until Thursday, April 2. CPRE urges local residents to respond to the consultation and call on the council to stop the Green Belt turning into a car park.

CPRE’s response will be on our website shortly:
The public can respond to the Oxfordshire County Council consultation at:

Dr Helena Whall
Campaign Manager, CPRE Oxfordshire