Oxford to Cambridge Expressway
The National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) have been tasked by central government to explore the potential to maximise the Oxford to Cambridge Growth Corridor to support economic prosperity. The NIC were asked how to maximise the potential of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor as a single, knowledge-intensive cluster that competes on a global stage, protecting the area’s high-quality environment, and securing the homes and jobs that the area needs.
As part of their vision they are proposing an expressway to connect the two cities and further develop economic growth. Further information regarding the Oxford to Cambridge growth proposals, including the Expressway can be found on the NIC website:
Central Government has largely accepted the NIC’s vision for supporting growth in the corridor, and as part of this Highways England are now taking forward more detailed development of the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway proposals. The Vale of White Horse District Council continues to take a keen interest in development of plans for the Expressway. A number of suggested corridor routes were put forward, some of which crossed into the Vale of White Horse District. These can be seen in the Oxford to Cambridge Stage 3 Report available at the following link:
On 12th September 2018, Roads Minister Jesse Norman MP announced the chosen corridor for the Oxford to Cambridge Expressway. This decision determines the broad area within which the road will be developed. Identification and selection of a specific route will now commence and will involve further consultation with members of the public in 2019. Full details of this announcement are available at the following link:
Further detail on the technical work related to the announcement, including relevant maps can be found at the Highways England website at the following link:
Vale of White Horse District Council engagement in the process
The Vale of White Horse Scrutiny Committee reviewed progress on the Expressway proposals, and options for routing on 26th October 2017. The full report can be found here:
In February 2018 Highways England engaged with key stakeholders to get their views on the proposed corridor options. The Vale of White Horse provided a response to the questions asked regarding preferred corridors on 12th April 2018. The response can be found here:
On 26 July 2018, Kit Malthouse MP, Minister for Housing, wrote to the leaders of all the relevant Councils inviting 'ambitious proposals for transformational housing growth including new settlements', with proposals due by 14 September 2018. The letter can be found .
In October 2018, the Council wrote to the secretary of state to ask them to take into account Air Quality matters when considering Expressway routes. The Vale letter and response from central government can be found here:
The initial Oxfordshire Growth Board’s response to the announcement can be found here.
Last reviewed: 28 - 01 - 2019