It looks like a rail link between Oxford and Cambridge is a step closer to becoming reality. As Lord Adonis notes below the Oxbridge corridor could become the UK's Silicon Valley. Linking the venerable centres of excellence Oxford and Cambridge with the young upstart Milton Keynes to create a high tech corridor.
How will eternal rivals Oxford and Cambridge cope being linked physically together by the umbilical cord of a new railway? Will there be a new sense of co-operation and symbiosis? Or will they continue in the same vein of rather entertaining one-upmanship? To sort of paraphrase Blackadder:
Captain Blackadder: I asked if he'd been to one of the great universities, Oxford, Cambridge, or Milton Keynes.
Nurse Mary: Well?
Captain Blackadder: You failed to spot that only two of those are great Universities.
Nurse Mary: Swine!
General Melchett: That's right! Cambridge's a complete dump!
"The 67 miles between Oxford and Cambridge could be England's Silicon Valley, but it lacks the transport and housing infrasturcture needed, despite its world-class universities and some individually thriving towns and cities. "The region has huge potential. The towns and cities between and around Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge could become so much more than the sum of their parts- a high-skilled, high-employment, high-infrastructure cluster, helping to fire the national economy by leading the world in cutting edge technology and jobs."