Car giant plans new test track at motor plant

thisisoxfordshire: Car giant plans new test track at motor plant Car giant plans new test track at motor plant

PLANS have been submitted by BMW for a new covered test track at its Cowley car plant.

The track would have a canopy which would allow cars to be tested over long distances to establish any production faults.

Construction would take place over two phases, with phase one providing a canopy over the existing test track.

This would then be relocated in phase two over the new test track, to be constructed alongside the railway line.

A planning application has been submitted to Oxford City Council for the scheme and it will be discussed by the east area planning committee on Wednesday.

In a statement BMW said: “Although only a relative small scheme on site, it adds value to BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd associates and further demonstrates the continued long-term viability of the plant.

“This application is representative of a series of planning applications submitted recently, illustrating the clear expression and aspiration of BMW (UK) Manufacturing Ltd in supporting longer term future manufacturing at Plant Oxford and promoting good, secure and safe environments for all associates and visitors.”

City council planning officers have recommended the scheme be approved.

The committee will meet on Wednesday in the Town Hall, St Aldate’s at 6pm. The public can attend.

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10:23am Thu 2 Jan 14

the wizard says...

Some would do well to take note that an EU company of some standing and of serious financial ability is investing here in OXFORD. This is just one of the many EU employers in this country INVESTING serious amounts of money over the longer term providing secure long term employment.
Without EU membership we would not be benefiting from such investment in jobs and as an export provider, our goods being sold world wide.
The EU may give rise to many headaches, and this is par for the course in nurturing something so complex, but as a world wide competitor the EU will prevail over the longer term and the ongoing rewards of membership are very worthwhile. The ripples we are experiencing now are to be expected with something of this size and growing pains are all part of the process. I don't see any British firms providing the amount of investment anywhere on this sort of scale over the longer period on a par that BMW has put into Cowley..
Some would do well to take note that an EU company of some standing and of serious financial ability is investing here in OXFORD. This is just one of the many EU employers in this country INVESTING serious amounts of money over the longer term providing secure long term employment. Without EU membership we would not be benefiting from such investment in jobs and as an export provider, our goods being sold world wide. The EU may give rise to many headaches, and this is par for the course in nurturing something so complex, but as a world wide competitor the EU will prevail over the longer term and the ongoing rewards of membership are very worthwhile. The ripples we are experiencing now are to be expected with something of this size and growing pains are all part of the process. I don't see any British firms providing the amount of investment anywhere on this sort of scale over the longer period on a par that BMW has put into Cowley.. the wizard

6:14pm Thu 2 Jan 14

EMBOX2 says...

I think we should remain in the EU, but I'd rather like to be able to vote on it - something I've never been able to do.
I think we should remain in the EU, but I'd rather like to be able to vote on it - something I've never been able to do. EMBOX2

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