A road linking Milton Keynes and Cambridge will be a “welcome boost” for commuters, says city MP Iain Stewart.
It was announced today as part of an ambitious £15 billion plan to increase the capacity and condition of England’s roads.
As well as the A428 dualling, Milton Keynes residents can look forward to a new road linking the A5 with the M1 near Dunstable and there are plans for a longer-term study of an Oxford-Cambridge expressway.
Mr Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said “I am delighted to see this investment going in locally and nationally.
“Roads are key to our nation’s future prosperity and sadly they have long suffered from under-investment.”
“This government has a long term plan to secure the country’s future and this £15 billion roads programme is demonstration of that.
“For commuters and businesses in Milton Keynes the improvements between MK and Cambridge and the future Oxford-Cambridge expressway will be a welcome boost, particularly for the growing distribution and logistical sector.”
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin, who visited Milton Keynes on Thursday, described the government investment as “the biggest, boldest and most far-reaching roads programme for decades”.
More than 100 new road schemes are being invested in over this parliament and next - 84 of which are brand new after today’s announcement.
Mark Lancaster MP said: “Being central to the Oxford Cambridge arc this is great news, we have another plank in supporting the economic growth of Milton Keynes.”
But Andrew Pakes, Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Milton Keynes South, was less than impressed with the latest news.
He said: “This sounds like good news for local road users but the big question is about when work will actually begin.
“Anyone would think that an election is near the way government is promising to spend money like confetti.”
“This is the third time since 2013 the government has announced a major roads package yet few projects have actually been started.
“Infrastructure output has fallen significantly since May 2010 and less than a third of projects in the Government’s pipeline are actually classed as ‘in construction. Let’s hope something comes this time around.”