CAMPAIGNERS fighting the Oxford Cambridge Expressway may have won a battle to protect wildlife at Otmoor but they know the war is not yet over.
Now, a number of different allies have come together under the No Expressway Alliance banner to combat the chosen route.
On Wednesday it emerged that Corridor B, which would see a road pass either to the north-west or south-east of Oxford, then north to Bicester and beyond, had been selected out of three possible options.
As the No Expressway Alliance was launched yesterday at The Tap Social in North Hinksey Lane, campaigners from various groups insisted the route, which could cost an estimated £3bn to build, was not required.
Issuing a rally cry to campaigners, Chris Churc, of Oxford Friends of the Earth, said: “We had a victory when the Government recognised they can’t put a road through Otmoor.
“It was one small victory but a pretty damn good place to start.
“This is not a done deal – it is a campaign that we can win – now we need to get the message out to every organisation, including book groups and toddler groups.
“If there are politicians in the community who think the expressway will be good for their careers we need to make them think otherwise.”
Organisations now opposing the expressway on any route also include North Hinksey Parish Council, North Otmoor No Expressway Group and Horton-cum-Studley a Expressway Group.