Hundreds of homes could be bulldozed to make way for the £3.5billion Oxford-Cambridge expressway route.
Speaking at the House of Commons, Layla Moran MP discussed her concerns over the plans and invited the Government’s transport minister to visit Botley to speak to residents.
Transport Minister Jesse Norman has agreed to the visit, before a decision is made about which route to approve for the road, estimated to cost £3.5billion.
After the Commons discussion, the Oxford West and Abingdon MP said: “Local people are, understandably, deeply concerned about this proposal to bulldoze Botley to make way for a new road.
“The National Infrastructure Commission, Highways England and the Government’s Department for Transport are examining the different route options for the Oxford-Cambridge expressway.
“It is vitally important that before any decisions or recommendations are made about which route to go for, they all know the full impact that the route through Botley would have.
“I look forward to welcoming the minister to our area to make sure he is fully aware of our concerns and the fact that – along with local people – I’ll be fighting any plan to demolish homes in Botley to the bitter end.”
The MP is not the only one to oppose the plan – in April, the Oxfordshire branch of CPRE, the Campaign to Protect Rural England, said that the scheme would damage surrounding countryside.
The Government’s National Infrastructure Commission has said it is looking at three routes for the proposed new expressway.
The commission has said that an Oxford to Cambridge Expressway has the potential to transform the area, linking the individual cities into one joined up economy.
Potential benefits to the region include greater job opportunities, reduced journey times and fewer traffic hotspots elsewhere on the network.
A Department for Transport spokesman said the work is at an early stage.
They added that the processes for designing roads include several opportunities for people to make sure their views heard – and this includes before any decision is made about the choice of route.