Govt backs Highways England on expressway route

13/09/2018
Chris Ames

The Oxford to Cambridge Expressway will follow the new East West Rail link to offer better connectivity and encourage more people to travel by train, ministers have said.

Roads minister Jesse Norman announced that the Government has chosen the central corridor (Corridor B) for the new road, which aims to fill '30-mile gap in the network' between the M1 at Milton Keynes and the M40 at Oxford, after detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England.

The Department for Transport said that Corridor B ‘was judged to offer greater benefits to the region – outperforming the other options by providing better links to jobs, education, leisure and health services’.

Officials said building the new link close to the East West Rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to a million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, ‘and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars’.

Mr Norman said: ‘The Government is taking the big decisions on infrastructure, working to maximise growth and productivity across the UK.

‘England’s economic heartland, as it has been called, already plays a crucial role in powering the UK’s growth, science and innovation, but there is no single route to connect Oxford and Cambridge.

‘This expressway will enhance both transport connectivity and growth across the region for the benefit of the UK as a whole.’

Mr Norman said the expressway, which is due to open in 2030, is also expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

The selection of the central corridor nevertheless leaves open the option of passing either west or east of Oxford.

Despite the claim that the route would encourage rail travel, the Campaign for Better Transport called the decision ‘a backward step, undermining the sustainable transport policies that should be at the heart of the Government's Clean Growth plans’.

A public consultation will be held next year, before a preferred route announcement in 2020, with construction due to start in 2025.

Mayor Dave Hodgson, chairman of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum, welcomed the announcement but said the recent announcement of a two-year delay to the A428 improvement between the Black Cat and Caxton Gibbet was 'extremely disappointing'.

He said: 'This scheme is a litmus test of how confident our residents and businesses can be in Government ensuring investment is delivered on time. Without that, it becomes much harder for our local communities to support additional growth across the corridor.'

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