An independent report commissioned by Oxfordshire’s six councils who make up the Oxfordshire Growth Board sets out the investment in transport, schools, hospitals and other infrastructure needed to support the predicted growth in population, jobs and homes to 2040 and beyond.
The report by AECOM, a professional and technical services firm highlights the need for long-term investment that will be required to plan for and manage growth in a way that supports the local economy and protects quality of life across the county.
For the first time Oxfordshire councils are working together to develop a joint infrastructure strategy, detailing the county’s key infrastructure requirements.
Some of these have been outlined already in individual Local Plans and the Local Transport Plan, but the Oxfordshire Growth Board has looked more comprehensively at what is going to be required further into the future across all areas.
Major investment projects include:
- improvements to the A34
- rapid bus routes linking key locations
- East-West Rail connecting Oxford to Cambridge
- a long term strategy to address congestion on the A40
- redevelopment of Oxford Station
- new Garden Town for Didcot
- incentives to encourage businesses to locate and expand within the Science Vale.
Once complete, the Oxfordshire Growth Board will have a new infrastructure strategy that will identify, map and support the county’s strategic infrastructure requirements.
It will include evidence of the infrastructure required for strategic transport, energy and the utilities, waste management, flooding and water management, green infrastructure, education, adult social care and broadband.
It will be clear on what is needed to keep Oxfordshire thriving to support anticipated growth to 2040 and beyond and what it will cost to deliver it, currently estimated at £9 billion.
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Incoming chair of the Oxfordshire Growth Board, Councillor Bob Price, Leader of Oxford City Council, said:
“It is really important that we plan the infrastructure needed to support Oxfordshire and its growth.
By having an integrated strategy that clearly shows the infrastructure needed to support future growth such as new housing developments and new businesses, we stand a greater chance of securing the necessary funding to deliver what is required.”