The Oxbridge Growth Corridor is now a national priority. Linking the highly successful knowledge-based economies of Cambridge and Oxford is a government strategy (NIC 2017) to drive economic growth across this region by policy proposals focussing on transport (road and rail) and 1 million new homes by 2050.
The CaMkOx vision must tell a new story about the region, building on its strengths and positioning a competitive and compelling brand in the minds of global investors, Bidwells latest CaMkOx research paper argues.
The Varsity Line is a new East-West Rail line between Oxford and Cambridge, which is due to be completed by the year 2030. This rail link is part of a bigger transport and infrastructure initiative underway in the Cambridge-Milton Keynes-Oxford (CaMkOx) corridor.
The East West Rail Link, also called the Varsity Line, is the railway route that once linked Oxford and Cambridge. It allowed for quick and easy travel between the two university towns, and also provided easy access to Milton Keynes.
The Oxford to Cambridge Expressway is a proposed dual carriageway set to run between Oxford and Cambridge via Milton Keynes. The objective is to allow for faster travel between these towns. The expressway has the potential to have a big impact on the ‘Golden Triangle’ of London, Oxford and Cambridge.
Our View on Build to Rent is a new bi-annual Bidwells’ report on this developing funding and investment sector. We provide our comments on recent markets trends including the recognition of a Build to Rent (BTR) tenure status in the draft National Planning Policy Framework.
The knowledge corridor from Oxford to Cambridge is of vital national economic importance; home to leading international universities and science and technology companies. The CaMkOx Arc may prove to be one of the UK’s most economically significant infrastructure ventures, but its delivery isn’t a forgone conclusion.
The £600m venture company started in 2015 and already has 53 spin out companies in its portfolio which has generated over 400 jobs. Their (conservative) projection is for this to hit 1,000 jobs by 2020 and grow by around 500 year on year after that. Companies span across Medical, Engineering and Data/A1.