A report calling on the Government to seize a "once in a generation opportunity" and invest in “essential” new transport links has been welcomed by the South East Midlands Local Enterprise Partnership (SEMLEP).
The report urged the government to go ahead with the initial phase of East West Rail, a new link that would cut journey times by more than half from Oxford to Bedford to Milton Keynes, and ensure that it is delivered before 2024.
Dr Ann Limb CBE DL, Chair of SEMLEP
“We welcome the interim report published today by the National Infrastructure Commission on the potential for the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford Corridor’s potential to be a high knowledge growth area of global significance. The report is extremely positive about the Corridor’s growth prospects and highlights the need for the Government to support this potential by investing in the improvement of east-west communications through the East West rail and Oxford to Cambridge Expressway projects."
The report builds on the outcome of an infrastructure summit held by SEMLEP at Towcester Racecourse last month, which heard that Housing and Transport planning must continue to work together to ensure the necessary infrastructure is in place to deliver ambitious growth plans across the South East Midlands.
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