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Aylesbury not included in route for 'OxCam Expressway'

Aylesbury not included in route for 'OxCam Expressway'

Published by Charlotte Fisher at 10:51am 12th September 2018. (Updated at 10:59am 12th September 2018)

A major step has been taken for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway this morning (12th Sep).

The chosen central corridor was announced by Roads Minister Jesse Norman and the route won't be towards Aylesbury.

After detailed scrutiny and review by Highways England, of the three options A, B and C, 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.

Major step taken for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
The three route options

The exact route hasn't been finalised, but it looks like it could be close to East West Rail. 

The Expressway, with options to pass either West or East of Oxford, is also expected to cut up to 40 minutes from journeys between the M4 and the M1.

Building the new link close to the East/West rail link will also offer more options for the commercial development of up to 1 million new homes, in line with proposals by the National Infrastructure Commission, and encourage more people to travel by train rather than by cars.

Roads Minister Jesse 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.”

Aylesbury not included in 'OxCam Expressway' route

The Exchequer Secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, said:

“The Oxford to Cambridge arc is one of the greatest opportunities for economic growth in Europe. We want to realise that potential by investing in the new infrastructure the area needs and the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is an important part of our plan.

“The Expressway will provide a link between two of the country’s intellectual powerhouses and open up vital jobs, skills and housing opportunities to transform the region’s economy. 

“We are investing record amounts in the UK’s infrastructure, including funding the largest road-building programme since the 1970s.”

A full public consultation will be held next year, in which residents and businesses in and around the corridor will have their say on more detailed designs for the route.

Cllr Angela Macpherson, Leader of AVDC has said:

"The government must listen to our communities. This cannot be another HS2. We need to understand the benefits it will bring to the vale but also be clear about where we have concerns.

I want our communities to be involved at every stage of this process. 

We understand and share the concerns that local people have. We have a duty to balance investment in our roads and our local economy with protecting the environment and our rural way of life

I’m determined to ensure our future generations are looked after. Young people in the Vale need job opportunities, school places and, in time, places to live. This is a chance to plan and invest for the future"

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