A new study setting out the case to improve connections between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge has been published by the Department for Transport (DfT).
The Oxford to Cambridge expressway strategic study was launched by the Government in autumn 2015 and was one of a number of studies aimed at addressing some of the biggest challenges facing the UK’s road network.
The DfT said that the report has found that a new link would improve journey times by up to 30 minutes along the length of the route, and support economic growth in the towns and cities on the expressway.
Transport minister John Hayes said: “I want people up and down Britain to benefit from quicker, more reliable journeys. Our cities and towns are the lifeblood of our economy and they, as well as our rural communities, need strong connections to thrive.
“We are already spending £15bn on the biggest upgrade to the road network for generations.”
The study is part of the Government’s next phase of road improvements, which will get underway from 2020. The current Road Investment Strategy period covers 2015 to 2020.
Further proposals on the route of the expressway will now be developed.
Two further reports – the Trans-Pennine tunnel and the A1 east of England – have also been published and studies into the M25 south west quadrant, the Manchester north-west quadrant and the Northern Trans Pennine are also underway.
The Department said that the final reports for all six projects would be completed in the next six months and would inform the development of the Government’s second Road Investment Strategy.