The National Infrastructure Commission fears that the East West Rail line and the Oxford to Cambridge will be unable to unlock the full economic potential of the Cambridge, Milton Keynes and Oxford corridor.
In its 2019 Annual Monitoring Report, the NIC expressed concerns about whether the East West Rail line and the Expressway will unlock sites for new housing and transport developments in the region.
The report recommends that the government improves integration of the transport schemes and housing developments.
“There have been no requirements made of local authorities to develop long term transport strategies to complement strategic east-west connections and enable the development of the arc’s towns and cities, nor has government moved to establish pipelines of long term infrastructure projects, conditional upon housing delivery milestones,” says the report.
“The Commission would welcome a clearer timeline from both central government and local partners for the decisions required to develop more housing in the arc in combination with transport schemes.”