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Expressway and new railway for Oxford-Cambridge corridor

A new Expressway road and the East-West Rail project lie at the heart of the Government’s plan to turn the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc into the UK’s answer to Silicon Valley.

Andrew Forster
24 November 2017
The National Infrastructure Commission recommends hundreds of thousands of new homes in the arc, which has four distinct sub-regions, from left to right: Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bucks/Milton Keynes/Beds, and Cambridgeshire
The National Infrastructure Commission recommends hundreds of thousands of new homes in the arc, which has four distinct sub-regions, from left to right: Oxfordshire, Northamptonshire, Bucks/Milton Keynes/Beds, and Cambridgeshire

 

Travel in the arc between Oxford and Cambridge today and a few things are instantly striking. West-east public transport is sparse – indeed, there are no end-to-end rail services so the traveller has to go into London and out again. The end-to-end road journey is also to a poor standard, with most of the journey made on single carriageway A roads.    

 All this looks set too change, however, as the Government promotes the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge arc as the UK’s...

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