Six infrastructure firms have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) to develop transport links in and around the Oxford to Cambridge corridor.
Kier, WSP, Jacobs, Ringway Jacobs, Skanska and VolkerFitzpatrick make up the Strategic Delivery Partners Group aimed at improving infrastructure from Swindon across to Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire down to Hertfordshire.
The group will provide technical advice to EEH – an emerging sub-national transport body made up of local councils and businesses – as it continues to develop proposals for the region.
EEH will work with the group to commission technical work and studies in support of the development and implementation of the overarching transport strategy - starting with a study of road and rail freight across the region, which will be produced by WSP and Jacobs.
England’s Economic Heartland chairman Martin Tett said: “This ground-breaking collaboration ensures England’s Economic Heartland benefits from having access to expert advice when identifying infrastructure priorities, developing proposals and, in due course, delivering them.
“As work on our overarching transport strategy is taken forward the delivery partners group will be a key partner, providing guidance and advice on potential investments, which will be crucial in accelerating delivery of strategic infrastructure in the region.”
In September, EEH launched a “Call for Action”, urging the government to commit to six infrastructure projects across the region.
Since then, the government has announced the final plan for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway.
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