East West Rail Link Have Your Say

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Network rail today has invited residents and passengers to have their say on the second phase of upgrades to the East-West Rail Link, involving lines between Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Risborough.

The proposed works include upgrading and reconstructing underused and unused sections of track linking Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland lines.

Martin Frobisher, Network Rail Route Managing Director, said:

I am really pleased to have delivered phase one of East-West Rail. A new service from Oxford to Marylebone, from late October, will be a great new option for people travelling to and from the capital.
As our attention now turns to the future, we want to hear your views in order to properly understand whats needed for the next phase of this scheme.

This is the second phase of the East West Rail project linking London to other key

  • Plans include:
  • A new station at Winslow
  • Two new platforms at Bletchley
  • Construction of 18 new overbridges
  • Construction of 22 new footbridges/subways
  • Changes to 97 railway crossings

There will be a round of public exhibitions at which residents are invited to find out more about the scheme and give their feedback. They can also contribute to the public consultation by sharing their comments by post or online.

Cllr Rodney Rose, deputy leader of Oxfordshire County Council and chair for the East West Rail Consortiums joint Delivery Board for the Western Section, said,

East West Rail will be a tremendous asset to people and businesses in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire. The benefits it will bring economic, social and environmental just cant come soon enough.
This consultation is an opportunity for people to review and comment on initial proposals. Its an opportunity to show support for the scheme, or to raise any concerns for consideration before detailed designs are developed further. Input from local people is important in getting things right, so please get involved and have your say.

These proposals constitute Phase Two of a three phase project to link the Great Western Main Line with Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, Ipswich and Norwich. These proposals will provide longer-distance services which could avoid Birmingham, using unused western sections of track as part of the new routes.

Phase one is expected to be completed in 2019. The completed application for phase two will be submitted to the Secretary of Transport in the summer of 2016 for permission to go ahead with the developments.


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