Update May 2016
Consultation on East West Rail Phase 2 was carried out in September and October 2015 on original plans which involved substantial work to allow an increased line speed of 80 mph along the Princes Risborough – Aylesbury line.
Likely Scope of Work for East West Rail
However, further development of timetable modelling has concluded that the line speed improvements are not now required to achieve the planned service pattern of one hourly passenger train (in each direction) and capacity for freight trains. As a result of this it is no longer proposed to increase the line speed along the route and therefore the associated construction work is no longer required.
East West Rail’s likely scope of work involves extending the platforms at Little Kimble, Monks Risborough and Princes Risborough to allow longer four-car trains to operate and the East West Rail project team will continue to develop options for the closure of Marsh Lane level crossing. We are also working closely with HS2 to, as best practicable, integrate the projects where they overlap.
Longer Term Plan
Network Rail’s Long Term Planning would be to deliver further capacity improvements along the line, which could require full double tracking. The line could also be a candidate for electrification. Planning for this would not be envisaged before the mid 2020’s.