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Government confirms route for ‘Ox-Cam Expressway’

Words: Laura Edgar
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Roads minister Jesse Norman has announced the government’s preferred route for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which aims to deliver the missing link in the expressway between Oxford and Milton Keynes.

Option A would see the road go via Aylesbury, B along the east-west rail corridor or C would be built along the existing A421 corridor.

Each option, according to a document published by the Department for Transport (DfT) (pdf) in 2016 includes the conversion of sections of the A34, A421, A428 and A1 to ‘Expressway standard’ to complete the route between the M4 and A14/M11.

Norman said the government’s choice is B, judging it to offer greater benefits to the region, such as better links to jobs, education and health services.

With options to Oxford on either the east or the west, the expressway is expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1.

The government says developing the expressway close to the east-west rail link will provide more options for the development of one million homes.

In 2017, the National Infrastructure Commission urged the government to start work on key transport projects to double the rate of housebuilding, including a new east-west rail line connecting Oxford and Cambridge and accelerating the development and construction of a link between the M1 and Oxford by 2030, as part of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.

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.”

The government added that a full public consultation will be held next year.

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