A council’s leaders are “wavering” in their support for a controversial new road that would link Oxford to Cambridge through Milton Keynes.
The Oxford to Cambridge Expressway has previously been strongly supported by Milton Keynes Council as a road that could help the borough’s economic growth.
Earlier this year, the council changed its policy to supporting the road but only if the East West Rail route is electrified AND there are environmental protection measures.
Council officials have signed a non-disclosure agreement with the Highways Agency to give themselves access to up to date information on the route.
On Tuesday, Milton Keynes Council’s leader, Cllr Pete Marland (Lab, Wolverton) said: “We are not absolutely going to oppose it outright at the moment until we understand what the final proposals of the scheme are.
“But we have been very clear as an administration and as a council that we would not support the road being started before the electrified East West Rail line opened and we also need to be shown environmental mitigation.”
At the meeting of the council’s cabinet, he added: “I will write to the secretary of state to outline the council’s wavering support on it if that is helpful.”