The Government announcement of the cancellation of the proposed Oxford-Cambridge Expressway has been welcomed by Milton Keynes North MP Ben Everitt.
Transport Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed the decision after the project was delayed last year after local opposition and praised the local MP for raising local concerns.
Ben has previously spoken in the House Of Commons on the issue saying the Expressway “does not make environmental sense”.
He commented: “I’m pleased the Government has listened to the views of local people and seen both the economic and environment impact the Ox-Cam Expressway would have had locally.
“The Transport Secretary is absolutely right that we should be focusing on the fantastic East-West Rail project to link Milton Keynes with Oxford and Cambridge and improving existing road networks rather than building huge new roads further into Britain’s beautiful countryside at a time when we’re aiming for Net Zero by 2050.”
Grant Shapps added: “Conservative MPs like Ben Everitt have been making the case to me and to other Ministers for the cancellation of the Ox-Cam Expressway.
“Having looked closely at the economic case and taking into account the views of local people I have now decided to formally cancel the scheme.
“The Conservative Government is committed to transport in and around Milton Keynes, but to do so in the right way – so we’re supporting East-West Rail, e-scooter trials and electric vehicles.
“We’re determined to make Milton Keynes a high-tech hub for businesses and technology attracting firms from all over the world.
“To do this we need the right transport infrastructure in place, and working with our brilliant local Conservative MP, that’s exactly what we’ll do.”