The Central section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge includes the link between Bedford and Sandy. Within the overall scheme, this is the most difficult and costly part of the route to reinstate.
The line between Sandy and Bedford was closed in the 1960’s and some of the land has been sold and developed for other uses. Many bridges have either been removed or are in a poor state of repair and the Bedford bypass severs the line. However, a number of route options have been identified and are currently under consideration by the East West Rail Consortium for re-establishing rail links between Cambridge, Sandy and Bedford.
A new link known as the Hitchin Flyover between the East Coast Main Line and Cambridge has recently been constructed. Included within the plans for the Hitchin Flyover, Network Rail has made passive provision for the central section of East West Rail to link into East Coast Main Line (ECML).
In parallel with the more advanced work on the Western Section, the Consortium has been continuing to review a number of alternative routes and currently work is under way to re-establish definitive routes between Bedford - Sandy - Cambridge, with additional options for introducing a link and interchange with the ECML. These aspects are currently being evaluated within the context of undertaking a refresh of the work carried out to date with particular emphasis being placed on the link between economic activity and potential growth as impacted by possible new improvements to public rail transport links.
Page last updated 3 November 2013