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Cambridge Milton Keynes Oxford growth corridor

25 August 2016

Evidence Submitted to National Infrastructure Commission on the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford growth corridor.

Six Local Enterprise Partnerships - SEMLEP, Buckinghamshire Thames Valley, Greater Cambridge Greater Peterborough, Hertfordshire, Northamptonshire and Oxfordshire made a joint submission to the National Infrastructure Commission in response to the call for evidence in support of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford ‘Growth Corridor’.

The report, which was prepared by Steer Davies Gleave for the LEPs, was also supported by the local authorities that form the Strategic Alliance of England’s Economic Heartland. These are Buckinghamshire, Northamptonshire, Oxfordshire, Milton Keynes, Luton, Bedford, Central Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough.

The response assembled detailed evidence from across the area to demonstrate the success of the local economies and the importance of investing in the Corridor in order to deliver economic growth.

The response made the following recommendations about priorities for investment in transport infrastructure.

•          Fund the full delivery of East West rail from Oxford to Cambridge – ‘a transformational piece of infrastructure that is integral to supporting planned growth’

•          Invest in a new East West expressway [fast A-road] to open up areas for housing and better access to employment

•          Support the need to realise the potential of key transport interchanges as ‘hubs’ to attract investment

•          Improve “first mile/last mile” travel options for people to travel more efficiently

The response also identifies the need to invest in skills and re-training to meet identified shortages, particularly in the high growth areas of construction and engineering.

The call for evidence closed on 5th August 2016.

SEMLEP also submitted a response on behalf of the Universities along the corridor, including Oxford. Cambridge, Cranfield, The Open University and the University of Northampton.

Download and read the response to the NIC from the LEPs HERE.

Download and read the response to the NIC from the Universities HERE.

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