Oxford Cambridge Expressway
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, in the Autumn Statement on 23 November, has given the green-light for more work to be carried out on an expressway linking Milton Keynes, Cambridge and Oxford. The road link, which has already been recommended by the National Infrastructure Commission, will now be backed with £27 million of funding. MDST provided input on freight transport to the Oxford Cambridge Expressway Strategic Study, which published an interim report in summer 2016 and which provided the strategic case for further work on the scheme.
The aim of the Oxford Cambridge Expressway Strategic Study was to investigate the high-level strategic case for linking existing roads and creating an Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, which would create a high-quality strategic east-west link between Oxford and Cambridge via Bedford and Milton Keynes. MDS Transmodal has provided specialist freight transport expertise for the consultancy consortium which is made up of WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff, CH2M, the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL) and Steer Davies Gleave.
MDST provided analysis of the origins and destinations of road freight on the east-west corridor using the base freight matrix within the GB Freight Model for 2014; the freight movements were assigned to the road network so that the volumes of traffic could be validated against DfT traffic count data. It then showed how freight traffic could develop up to 2041. MDST also estimated HGV volumes on the new and upgraded route sections, the potential diversion from other parallel routes and calculated the user and non-user benefits that would accrue from the potential improvements.
The company has provided similar input to other highways studies that will inform the second DfT’s Roads Investment Strategy (RIS2), such as the Northern Trans-Pennine Study, the Trans-Pennine Tunnel Study and the Manchester North-West Quadrant Study.