The Oxford-Cambridge Arc is home to some of the most productive towns and cities in the country. The Government’s ambition for further growth within the Arc  will help make it a world class economic hub.

The Government commissioned Highways England to examine the costs and benefits of a new high-quality road link between Oxford and Milton Keynes, taking account of the views of local authorities and residents in the Arc.

Through extensive analysis and local engagement, we developed and assessed the costs and benefits of a number of route options for the new the road link.  

Our work identified that there is not a cost-effective option for the taxpayer. Based on our findings, the Government decided that further work cannot be justified on the expressway proposal and has therefore cancelled the project.

The Government is now continuing to work with us, local partners and England’s Economic Heartland as the Sub-national Transport Body, to consider where targeted, localised road investment could be needed within the Oxford - Cambridge Arc, alongside other transport investment. We look forward to working together to explore these issues to bring forward plans that benefit the area.

The Government remains committed to the A428 Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet scheme, which offers safety, connectivity, community and economic growth benefits.

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