About the scheme

Find out more about the Oxford to Cambridge expressway

Oxford to Cambridge expressway - about the scheme

Project focus

The project team is exploring the potential for road projects within the Oxford to Cambridge Arc that would benefit people who live and work there – while also supporting the Government’s aspirations for the Arc.


The Oxford to Cambridge growth Arc, which includes the county areas of Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Northamptonshire and Cambridgeshire, contains some of the most productive places in the UK. For decades, the Arc has been a hub of learning, economic growth and innovation. Home to around 3.7 million people, the area is a national asset attracting talent and investment into the UK and powering Britain’s economy.

With the right interventions and investment, the Government believes there is a transformational opportunity to amplify the Arc’s position as a world-leading economic place. To achieve this, it has designated the Arc a key economic priority and is considering ways to maximise growth there.
However, the east-west transport connections between these areas are poor, particularly the roads, which are often congested causing poor journey times.

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

The expressway is now paused, and the project team are now focused on exploring potential road improvement projects across the Arc.

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