The Department for Transport announced today their choice of the East West Expressway corridor which has options to pass either west or east of Oxford and is expected to take up to 40 minutes off the journey between the A34 south of Oxford and the M1. In addition the new link will be built close to the East West Rail link, offering development of up to 1 million new homes.
This represents a major investment into the economy of Milton Keynes and surrounding areas. It will transform travel time from the M1 to the M40 and release huge economic growth opportunities. The corridor is just the first phase of the project, a much more detailed piece of work will now be started looking at the exact route the road will take.
With the East West Rail project also well underway, it is clear the Government sees real potential in our region and is willing to invest huge amounts into our infrastructure.
Both Iain Stewart MP and I will be meeting Highways England soon and will be making it very clear we want the maximum benefit for Milton Keynes and to discuss how best we limit effects on the environment.