This is the stage 1 report for the Oxford to Cambridge expressway study. It outlines the high level case for a strategic link to connect the cities of ‘the brain belt’ together. It will inform further work being carried out to develop the options for intervention.
Based on work so far, consultants have concluded that:
the primary study area east-west road route linking Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge is of variable standard
the route provides an important regional and sub-regional function, linking the fast growing Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge functional economic areas
due to the current lack of east-west transport connectivity, there are low levels of strategic long distance movements along the primary east-west route within the study area
sections of the route interchange with and form important strategic routes for freight traffic
Background to the Oxford to Cambridge expressway strategic study
The Oxford to Cambridge expressway strategic study is one of 6 strategic studies that will inform the development of the second phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 2).
The study was announced as part of the first phase of the Road investment strategy (RIS 1) published in December 2014. The RIS 1 and RIS 2 set out a long-term approach to improve England’s motorways and major roads (the ‘strategic road network’).