Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Please note: This site covers the period that I was a Member of Parliament from May 2010 to June 2017. 

Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Autumn Statement this week allocated £100m to accelerate the building of the Western Section of the East West Rail Project, the Bedford–Oxford line, and a further £10m was allocated to continue development work to identify a preferred route for the line to extend east of Bedford, via Sandy, to Cambridge. He also gave a commitment to deliver the new dualled Oxford to Cambridge Expressway, via Bedford.

After listening to the announcement in the House of Commons, Richard said: “I am delighted that the Government is investing in new road and rail links for Bedford. This investment will unlock economic growth in and around our town by further improving connectivity and our attractiveness for businesses to invest. This will bring more, local jobs making Bedford an even better place to live and work.”

In the Autumn Statement, Mr Hammond said: “This project can be more than just a transport link. It can become a transformational tech-corridor, drawing on the world-class research strengths of our two best-known universities.”

1 Response to Chancellor gives boost to East West Rail and Oxford-Cambridge Expressway in Autumn Statement

  • It’s good news to learn that improvements are going to take place on the roads around Bedford – MK to the M1 is invariably clogged up with traffic, and the Black Cat roundabout improvements of a year or so ago have had little effect. Likewise the Black Cat to Caxton Gibbet roundabout desperately needs to be a dual carriageway. I must admit that frequently I use the back lanes to avoid the Black Cat roundabout – often quicker, although I don’t suppose the villagers appreciate it!

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