North Oxfordshire MP, Victoria Prentis, has welcomed the report from the HS2 Select Committee, published yesterday, which made a number of recommendations following her petition.

Victoria appeared before the HS2 Select Committee on 19 January and highlighted issues across her constituency. She drew specific attention to traffic concerns for Banbury, and other problems for villages including Wardington, Mixbury, Newton Purcell, and Finmere.

The report recommends that HS2 Ltd work closely with the village of Wardington to help address lorry movements and traffic. In particular, it says that Wardington “would struggle to cope with the currently proposed HGV movements” and urges “the Promoter [HS2 Ltd] to assist in finding ways to address matters.”

When referring to Mixbury, the Committee acknowledge how quiet the village is, and how HS2 would affect the use of bridleways in the area. The report said HS2 Ltd needed to work with those in the local area “for provision of greater barrier protection in the vicinity of the bridleway crossing.”

After reading the report, Victoria commented: “I think positive steps have been taken to address the points I raised with the Committee. I am very pleased that the Select Committee has listened to those concerns.

“What is crucial now is to ensure these are fully actioned by HS2 Ltd. I will carefully monitor the progress of HS2 Ltd’s plans, and will do my best to ensure that the Committee’s report is adhered to.”


The full report from the HS2 Select Committee can be found here (information regarding North Oxfordshire can be found on page 30).