Council bosses have expressed their frustration at the pace of decision making on key transport projects in the Oxford – Cambridge growth corridor.
Duncan Sharkey, Corporate Director for Place at Milton Keynes Council, told delegates at the Oxford Cambridge Corridor Economic Growth Conference that development is currently being held back by the need to reserve land in case it is needed for infrastructure projects.
He said: "Until we get certainty that things are going to happen, it’s difficult to see people investing large sums of money."
As an example, Sharkey said that the Government’s decision to change the phasing of the east-west rail route had sparked uncertainty about whether the project would be delivered on its anticipated timeline.
He was backed by Laura Church, Corporate Director at Luton Borough Council, who said: "We’re frustrated at the pace of decision-making around east-west rail and the Expressway."
Sharkey also warned, whilst speaking at the corridor on the Infrastructure Session, that the construction of HS2 would have an impact on the Oxford to Cambridge corridor’s role in the wider UK economy because it would bring larger areas of England within commutable distance of London.
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