In September 2018, the Department for Transport announced their preferred corridor for the proposed Cambridge to Oxford (via Milton Keynes) Expressway following recommendations from Highways England. This is the first of a number of key decisions that will be taken in respect of this locally and nationally important project.
In November 2017 the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) published its report ‘Partnering for Prosperity: A new deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor’
As part of its recommendations the report proposed a new dual carriageway road – the Expressway - between Oxford and Cambridge. It offered three potential corridor options for the section between Oxford and Milton Keynes:
- Corridor A - via Aylesbury
- Corridor B - following the east-west rail route
- Corridor C - existing A421 corridor around Buckingham
In April 2018 Highways England invited stakeholders to provide feedback on their preferred corridor.
In September 2018, Highways England announced Corridor B will be the preferred corridor, the first of a number of key decisions regarding this locally and nationally important project.
What happens next?
As shown in the timeline below, the next step in the process is route identification by the Department for Transport and Highways England, this will be open to public consultation in Autumn 2019.
- NIC report ‘Partnering for Prosperity: A new deal for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor’
- Highways England booklet showing a map of the corridors and summarising the background to the decision: Oxford to Cambridge Expressway - The preferred corridor
- Dedicated Oxford to Cambridge Expressway webpage on Highways England website
- April 2018 AVDC Cabinet report regarding the NIC corridor options (see pages 47-82)
- April 2018: AVDC's response to Highways England
- 12 September 2018, AVDC Press release: Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford Expressway Corridor B announcement
- The Growth Corridor Central Area - MIPIM Partnership
- Housing growth letter from AVDC Leader to Kit Malthouse MP
Following this announcement, we will continue to work with our partners to understand the potential implications for our members, local communities and residents. This page will be updated with relevant links and documents as they become available.