‘Clearer vision’ and improved joined-up working needed to deliver growth in Cambridge-Oxford arc, NIC says

‘Clearer vision’ and improved joined-up working needed to deliver growth in Cambridge-Oxford arc, NIC says

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February 2019

The potential of the highly-anticipated Cambridge-Oxford arc project could be stunted if the government does not provide a “clearer vision and better joined-up working” to maximising the output of the corridor, the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) has claimed.

The project, which unveiled the five route options for public consultation for the new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge last month, raised the doubts of the NIC in key areas including the progress of the responsibilities of local authorities to develop long-term transport strategies surrounding the East West rail route.

In its Annual Monitoring Report 2019, the commission noted that there has been several successes in the project, including the progress on the East West Rail and Oxford Cambridge Expressway transport schemes, as well as the business case for the central Beford-Cambridge section of the railway.

However, the NIC argued a number of “key dates” are at risk of being missed in 12 months, including the development of a spatial vision for the arc.

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