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Expressway ‘paused’ by government

The new road through Aylesbury Vale is being reviewed by the government.

Published by Dan Gooding at 7:11pm 11th March 2020. (Updated at 8:57am 12th March 2020) 2-minute read.

Expressway ‘paused’ by government

The proposed new road through Aylesbury Vale ha been ‘paused’ by the government’.

Within a document released by the Department for Transport this afternoon, the Oxford-Cambridge Expressway has been put on hold.

That does not appear to mean the project has been cancelled altogether, as some reports have suggested.

The document says:

The Government has investigated the potential for a new high-quality link road between the M1 and M40 which could support this growth and examined the costs and benefits of a range of options, taking account of the views of local authorities and residents in the Arc.

We are now pausing further development of the scheme while we undertake further work on other potential road projects that could support the Government’s ambition for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc, and benefit people who live and work there, including exploring opportunities to alleviate congestion around the Arc’s major economic centres such as Milton Keynes.

Buckingham’s MP has reacted to the news:

The DfT say they will work with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and local partners on the proposed Spatial Framework to identify the role transport can play alongside the proposed economic and housing growth ambitions for the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

The scheme has been controversial across the area, with worries about extensive house building in places like Calvert.

The road, if it did go ahead, is planned to it across the Vale following the route of East West Rail, although a specific route had not been announced.

We will keep you up-to-date with all the latest as the project is reviewed.

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