Is the Oxford-Cambridge expressway on a road to nowhere?

Conservationists have tried and failed through the courts to have a proposed motorway link between Oxford and Cambridge blocked on environmental grounds but a review of the development now looks likely and there have been suggestions that the road will be cancelled altogether. Conor McGlone reports.

The Oxford-Cambridge expressway is part of the £5.5bn Oxford-Cambridge manufacturing and research “brain-belt” linking the two cities through the construction of infrastructure and a million new homes by 2050. 

Originally launched in 2003, the concept was given a boost by a report from the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) in 2017, which said it should be “a national priority” and that “without urgent action, a chronic undersupply of homes could jeopardise growth, limit access to labour and put prosperity at risk”. 

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