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Frequently asked questions

This section includes answers to questions received by members of the East West Rail Consortium.

Please email info@eastwestrail.org.uk if you cannot find the answer to your question here.

 

What is East West Rail?
What is the Western Section?
What is the East West Rail Consortium?
What are the timescales for delivery of the Western Section?
When will East West Rail servies start operating?
What train services will run on East West Rail (Western Section)?
I live near the railway. Am I entitled to compensation?
What noise mitigation measures do you plan?
Will there be formal consultation and if so, when?
Will East West Rail be electrified and if so, when?
Will I still be able to use my railway crossing?
Who will build and own the track and infrastructure?
Why has Government supported East West Rail?
I would like to find out more about the plans for East West Rail – who can I speak to?

 

Q: What is East West Rail?

A: East West Rail is a scheme to re-establish a rail link between Cambridge and Oxford to improve rail services between East Anglia, Central and Southern England with enhanced connections to national mainline rail services.
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Q: What is the Western Section?

A: The ‘Western Section’ involves upgrading and re-constructing underused and disused sections of the former railway between Bedford and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury. This is a committed scheme that is being funded by the Department for Transport and the East West Rail Consortium and is being delivered by Network Rail within the 2014-2019 railway funding control period.
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Q: What is the East West Rail Consortium?

A: The East West Rail Consortium was established in 1995 and is formed of local authorities and strategic private sector partners with the sole aim of re-introducing a rail link between East Anglia, Central and Southern England. The Consortium is led by Cambridgeshire County Council.

There is a Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section, with senior elected repreentatives from the eight local authorities along the route and the Department for Transport, who are co-funding the scheme; and Network Rail who are responsible for delivering the scheme.
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Q: What are the timescales for delivery of the Western Section?

A: Network Rail is tasked with delivery of the scheme as proposed by the Consortium in its prospectus published in November 2011. The funding for the scheme is identified within the 2014-2019 railway funding control period 5.

Over and above the Consortium’s original proposal, the Department for Transport has requested further enhancements to the line including electrification between Oxford and Bedford. Network Rail is currently working with the DfT, Consortium and representatives of the wider rail industry to establish future needs to deliver the route capability required to accommodate them. December 2017 is currently the target date for delivery of passenger services to operate between Bedford and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, although the impact of electrification on the overall programme is currently under consideration.
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Q: When will East West Rail services start operating?

A: The target dates for the introduction of passenger train services on the Western section of East West Rail are:

Autumn 2015    
Chiltern Railways London Marylebone - Oxford Parkway

Spring 2016      
Extension of Chiltern services from Oxford Parkway to Oxford

December 2017
EWR Services Oxford / Aylesbury - Bletchley - Bedford / Milton Keynes

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Q: What services will run on East West Rail (Western Section)?

A: It is likely to be used by a mixture of local and long distance passenger trains and some freight trains. The exact pattern of services has yet to be determined but the East West Rail Consortium has proposed an hourly passenger train from Reading or Didcot Parkway to Bedford via Oxford and Bletchley, an hourly train from Reading or Didcot Parkway to Milton Keynes via Oxford and Bletchley and an extension of the Chiltern Railway service from London Marylebone via Aylesbury and Bletchley to Milton Keynes. Click here for further details.
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Q: When will East West Rail services start operating?

A: The aim is for the new East West Rail services to be running between Oxford and Bedford by December 2017. The target date for electrification between Bletchley and Bedford is to be confirmed.
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Q: What train services will run on East West Rail (Western Section)?

A:The exact pattern of services has yet to be determined but the East West Rail Consortium has proposed three new passenger trains per hour in each direction, as follows:

Reading to Milton Keynes

  • One train per hour (1tph) Oxford and Milton Keynes, stopping at Water Eaton Parkway, Bicester, Winslow and Bletchley. These services could also start from Reading or Didcot.

Journey Times:

  • Oxford to Milton Keynes 40 minutes
  • Reading to Milton Keynes 84 minutes
     
  • 1 tph from Reading to Oxford and Bedford, stopping at Water Eaton Parkway, Bicester, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont. Again these services could start from Didcot.

Journey Times:

  • Oxford to Bedford 60 minutes
  • Reading to Bedford 106 minutes
  • 1 tph from Milton Keynes to London Marylebone as an extension of the existing Chiltern Railways services to Aylesbury Vale Parkway with stops at Bletchley and Winslow.

Journey Times:

  • Milton Keynes to Aylesbury 33 minutes
  • High Wycombe to Milton Keynes 63 minutes

Actual service patterns for December 2017 will be announced by the Department for Transport in 2016. By 2021 there will also be access to London Heathrow Airport via the Hathrow Western Access. No change to the current hourly stopping service on the Marston Vale Line between Bedford and Bletchley is envisaged. There may ultimately be a long-distance cross-country service between Southampton to Manchester via the EWR route (up to one train per hour) plus additional freight services.
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Q: I live near the railway. Am I entitled to compensation?

A: The current plans for the project include the upgrading of existing lines as well as re-instating a section of mothballed track. Compensation is not applicable when Network Rail or its contractors undertake duties as a statutory undertaker to develop and maintain the railway.

Railway upgrade and improvement works are essential and can sometimes be disruptive for local communities.  In such cases Network Rail will endeavour to mitigate the impact of works to minimise levels of noise, vibration, access to property or visual intrusion.  Network Rail will also work with local authorities and communities to ensure proper notification is given and that any disruption is kept to a minimum.

It is likely that some small areas of land may be required for developing and upgrading the railway line (such as land for installing new electrical sub stations or for locating the parapets of new bridges to replace level crossings).  There will also be a need to temporarily take possession of or to use land to provide contractors with access points for construction work sites.  In these circumstances, compensation will be agreed between Network Rail and the land owners in line with the current compensation rules.
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Q: What noise mitigation measures do you plan?

A: During the course of the further development of the East West Rail project, assessment of predicted noise and vibration levels arising from both construction works and future train operations will be derived from recognised national guidance. Where noise predictions show a potential for significant impacts, mitigation measures will be established in accordance with national guidelines. Vibrations from trains are very unlikely to cause structural damage to houses and buildings near the railway. However, if necessary, we will inspect the infrastructure in the vicinity of any potential problems.
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Q: Will there be formal consultation and if so, when?

A: Statutory consultation by Network Rail with stakeholders (such as Local Authorities and English Heritage) is likely to take place from 2014 onwards as part of the Transport and Works Act Order process. However, the Consortium is already undertaking a series of briefings and information sessions with interested parties and key stakeholders.

Further briefings are planned at local railway stations and in local communities and businesses and dates will be announced in due course.
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Q: Will East West Rail be electrified and if so, when?

A: It is expected that the Western Section of the East West Rail link will include electrification of the line between Bedford and Oxford.

Bletchley to Oxford is expected to be completed first during the 2014-2019 railway funding period.

Bedford to Bletchley will follow, probably in the next railway funding period 2019-2024, as part of the wider work done to electrify the Midland Main Line to Corby, Nottingham and Sheffield.

The Office of Rail Regulation has confirmed funding in principle for the electrification.  The exact amount of funding and scope is expected to be determined by the ORR by March 2015 following detailed development between NR, DfT and the train operators.
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Q: Will I still be able to use my railway crossing?

A: Wherever possible it is desirable to close crossings and either replace them with a diversion, a bridge or an underpass. Where it is not possible to do so (due to the existence of existing development) the operations of existing crossings will be evaluated to ensure the least possible downtime of barriers to road traffic. A crossings 'task group' is evaluating all crossings on the Western section of the East West Rail route to explore opportunities to make them safer. For more information, please read our Factsheet on Crossings and Rights of Way here.
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Q: Who will build and own the track and infrastructure?

A: The railway is owned by Network Rail, who are being funded to rebuild it by the Department for Transport, working in partnership with the East West Rail Consortium, who will provide funding for a share of the costs.

Q: Why has Government supported East West Rail?

A: The railway will provide a new strategic link between the Thames Valley area, the West Coast Main Line and the Midland Main Line. It connects areas where rapid population growth is being experienced and provides a link between three strategic north-south routes, enabling services to avoid congested London and West Midlands areas. Train services on the new route are forecast to create up to 12,000 new jobs and generate over £38m a year for the regional economy. Part of the funding for the work will be provided by local authorities within the East West Rail Consortium.
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Q: Why haven’t you committed to go all the way to Cambridge?

A: Plans for the Bedford – Cambridge section of the old Oxford – Cambridge Railway (the ‘Varsity Line) are less well developed. The railway was closed forty years ago and in places the original track has been built over. The Government has said it will work with the East West Rail Consortium to determine if the Bedford – Cambridge route may be similarly funded in future years.
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Q: I would like to find out more about the plans for East West Rail – who can I speak to?

A: Members of the East West Rail Consortium are happy to discuss the project and keep you informed of developments. You may subscribe for email updates on this website. We will attend local meetings and community events to keep you informed, answer questions and discuss any concerns you may have about the railway. To get in touch, please contact the Consortium's Communications Manager, Caryl Jones by email caryl.jones@bedford.gov.uk or call 07785 927210.
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Page last updated 16th December 2013

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  • Council support for East West Rail which will link part of central Bedfordshire to Oxford, Bedford & Milton Keynes. http://t.co/nYF912CQTO 8 months 1 week ago
  • RT @BedsNews: East West Rail scheme from Bedford to Reading to receive £5m funding boost: MORE than £5 m... http://t.co/a6OVcbR7Ur #Bedford 8 months 1 week ago
  • RT @bbfuk: If you love @bbfuk – shout about it! http://t.co/9WinsWAR3z #BucksBusiness 8 months 2 weeks ago
  • Central Beds councillors support improved rail connection with East West Rail http://t.co/wBB9XgnnfD via @BiggyChronicle #bedfordshire 8 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @SustransBedford: Too hot? Not looking forward to train journey home? Fear not! At Bedford Train Station there is a nice cool smoothie w… 8 months 3 weeks ago
  • @AGDH57 The track will be Network Rail. Franchise process will determine who runs the trains, so we don't know yet. 8 months 3 weeks ago
  • Work steams ahead on new Bicester rail link - Business - Buckingham Advertiser: http://t.co/4KfYS7MdC6 8 months 3 weeks ago
  • This evening we'll be at Lidlington Parish Council meeting in Bedfordshire to discuss all things East West Rail. 8 months 3 weeks ago
  • Politicians back ‘no brainer’ £5.4 million spend on East West rail - More News - Bucks Herald: http://t.co/B40m0xxQ9r 9 months 1 week ago
  • RT @Dombucksherald: Cllrs lending backing to east-west rail fixed spending of £5.385m across 15 years. Most funding secured already #aylesb 9 months 1 week ago
  • .@aylesburyvale approved #EastWestRail local funding contribution. Winslow station & Aylesbury-Milton Keynes link are part of EWR scheme. 9 months 1 week ago
  • RT @aylesburyvale: Cllr Paternoster replies to all comments. Contribution is fixed and spread over 5 years so members happily give the thum… 9 months 1 week ago
  • RT @aylesburyvale: AVDC's contribution = £5.358m which Cllr Hughes describes as a no-brainer to nods of agreement so looks 'on track' to ge… 9 months 1 week ago
  • RT @aylesburyvale: Yes to the £100k. A bit of a train theme as east-west rail next. Winslow gets a new station in 2017. Councils to pay £50… 9 months 1 week ago
  • @B4Bucks Thank you! 9 months 1 week ago
  • RT @B4Bucks: #B4BucksIssue4 is out now! 'East West Rail' - See the full B4 Article here - http://t.co/q1tweM4BQt 9 months 1 week ago
  • “@marstonvalecrp: We have some new office space to let at Ridgmont station building. Of interest to your followers? http://t.co/JBnr0TGLe8 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @marstonvalecrp: @eastwestrail We have some new office space to let at Ridgmont station building. Of interest to your followers? http://… 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @SEMidlandsLEP: We have two new team members and are recruiting for three more positions to expand our team further http://t.co/tbKJVo0q 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • Welcome @ChamberMK We'd love to meet you and your members to talk about East West Rail. Will be in touch. 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @NorthantsCoC: Northamptonshire Chamber is proud to announce that we are launching @ChamberMK today http://t.co/Z08ZPVvVOk #JoinYourCham 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @mk_citizen: Blank canvas as new Milton Keynes Chamber of Commerce starts life http://t.co/sR3nRz8Hja 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • Oxford the centre of the Rail Universe (From Oxford Mail) http://t.co/MRRq9WGpvX 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • Campaigners highlight need to reinstate former railway line - Local News - Biggleswade Today: http://t.co/WQdwMr3weN 9 months 2 weeks ago
  • @rwjc22 @jamesgleave1 Brogborough. Good discussion on how future services on East West Rail may look and how parish councils can influence. 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • MPs @iainastewart & Richard Fuller show support for Bedford Cambridge rail link at Rail Future & CBT campaign rally http://t.co/OXNDs3foyk 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • RT @StephenJoseph7: @marstonvalecrp @eastwestrail @iainastewart good to have been part of Bedford-Sandy walk, for recreating full Oxford-Ca… 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • RT @marstonvalecrp: @stephenjoseph7 keep up the good work! 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • Correction! East West Rail & @MarstonValeCRP updates at Brogborough Parish Council Bedfordshire on Weds 3rd July - that's tomorrow evening. 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • 'I want to see EWR extend from Bedford to Cambridge. Today shows how important it is to the people of Bedford & E Anglia.' Richard Fuller MP 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • 'Extending EWR east of Bedford to Cambridge & E.Anglia will create jobs & link the country's main science & research centres.' @iainastewart 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • Overheard: 'It was taking me so long to commute to work in traffic that I don't go home during the week now.' 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • Overheard: 'I don't live far from Bedford but rarely come here because it's so difficult to travel east-west without a car.' 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • RT @SitPax: Looking forward 2 @railfuture @sustrans walk 10:30am tomorrow from Priory Marina to Sandy. Our country needs @EastWestRail #Bed 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • RT @Railfuture: 3 MPs: Richard Fuller, Julian Huppert & Iain Stewart joining @Railfuture and CBT on Saturday for railway rally/walk. http:/… 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • RT @marstonvalecrp: MT @eastwestrail: Richard Fuller, @iainastewart & @StephenJoseph7 show support for rail link to extend to #Cambridge ht… 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • 'Next stop Cambridge!' say Rail Future and Campaign for Better Transport. http://t.co/0pjX4rmnwL 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • MPs Richard Fuller #Bedford & Iain Stewart #MiltonKeynes show continued support for rail link to extend to #Cambridge http://t.co/9w0mH5O9o4 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • Overheard: 'I spend 5 hours a week queueing at the Black Cat roundabout driving to & from work. We need the Bedford-Cambridge rail link.' 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • The walkers, cyclists and ducks are gathering for Rail Future's Bedford to Cambridge rail rally. #eastwestrail 9 months 3 weeks ago
  • @marstonvalecrp Maybe it will visit for a special occasion. 9 months 4 weeks ago
  • RT @marstonvalecrp: Sadly, our request for the Orient Express to enter service on our line wasn't in the #spendingreview. But at least we h… 9 months 4 weeks ago
  • Campaigners to walk old railway route to highlight need for it to be rebuilt. http://t.co/nkdxuN4p64 #rail #bedford #cambridge #sandy 10 months 2 days ago
  • RT @oxfordtimes: New freight line back on track for 2015: NETWORK Rail is making preparations to lay the new freight line throu... http://t… 10 months 5 days ago
  • RT @ICE_engineers: Have you read our report on UK #transport today? Go to http://t.co/si2RESpaXb and tweet us your views via #SoNTransport 10 months 6 days ago
  • @BodyLaser Thank you for your support. We think so too and are working on the business case. 10 months 6 days ago
  • Good to talk at The Bell Winslow tonight, sharing info about East West Rail answering questions & hearing views. Tks to Winslow Ch of Trade. 10 months 1 week ago
  • "An excellent scheme" said housing minister Mark Prisk MP of East West Rail at Showcasing Growth in Bicester event. 10 months 1 week ago
  • Here we are - part of Showcasing Business Growth in Bicester. http://t.co/fiuPeNGfD0 10 months 1 week ago
  • Details on 'Showcasing Growth in Bicester' event on Monday http://t.co/gOd8xxscLT via @cherwellcouncil East West Rail will be there. 10 months 1 week ago
  • Find out about East West Rail on Mon 17 June 7pm at The Bell, Winslow. Contact Winslow Chamber of Trade to book. http://t.co/6UJSYWCkVw 10 months 1 week ago
  • We'll be talking to Mark Fisk MP and others about East West Rail at "Showcasing Growth in Bicester" event on Mon 17th June. #bicester 10 months 1 week ago
  • @MannersPR @BedsChamberInfo @SarahDriscollCB @bedfordcollege @SEMidlandsLEP @ipryce @BusBeacon EastWestRail to create great opps in Bedford. 10 months 1 week ago
  • @mannerspr @davethemayor @richardfuller East West Rail is forecast to inc GDB by £38m pa and create up to 12,000 jobs. Bed-Ox due Dec 2017 10 months 1 week ago
  • RT @SEMidlandsLEP: CEO Daniel will later update guests on how #SEMLEP can help businesses in the South East Midlands. http://t.co/FeDMXwegpI 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @SEMidlandsLEP: A few places left for our event @HallWhittlebury tomorrow. Keynote speech on economy and break out workshops. http://t.c… 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @SEMidlandsLEP: Over 115 people are now signed up for Thursday’s #SEMLEP business networking afternoon event. Want to join us? http://t.… 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @railregulation: ORR approves £67m funding to upgrade/close level crossings in England and Wales to improve #safety: http://t.co/yrFPrPv 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • @LspClaimsLuton @MKBizCit Line closed under British Rail because it was losing money in the 60s. Bedford Bletchley section almost closed too 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • @LspClaimsLuton @MKBizCit It is a little-known fact that Beeching recommended the Oxford - Cambridge Line be developed, not closed! 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • RT @Railfuture: Join @Railfuture and @CBTransport on Sat 29 June on Bedford-Sandy walk/cycle to support Bedford-Cambridge rail link - http:… 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • .@railfuture Ox-Cam walk to show public support for #Cambridge & #Bedford rail link. http://t.co/Ex4fkWMDqb Bedford 29 June. 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • @tomwalker22 It is too early to say but there will be consultation on these and other matters before plans and designs are finalised. 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Leaving Westminster after a positive meeting with @iainastewart and @julianhuppert. Tremendous support for #eastwestrail. 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • @mobilizingmouse @julianhuppert We are here! @eastwestrail 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • “@julianhuppert: Now meeting the East West Rail Consortium - we need that line reopened! #fb” Thanks for your support. 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Invitation to tender for transport planning consultancy. #EastWestRail Central section between Bedford & Cambridge. http://t.co/3QcJqzvnNc 10 months 2 weeks ago
  • Positive East West Rail Joint Delivery Board meeting today with new chair Cllr Janet Blake of Bucks County Council. http://t.co/y6SVf89Vyf 10 months 3 weeks ago
  • Tonight is Aspley Guise Parish Council meeting with updates from @MarstonValeCRP and @EastWestRail. #bedfordshire #rail 11 months 4 days ago
  • Watch Buckinghamshire County Council meeting live here. @buckscc #fullcouncil http://t.co/gW3lLZ83UB 11 months 4 days ago
  • Court paves way from Oxford to London link via Bicester due to open in Spring 2016 http://t.co/YSvIZDz2Ry 11 months 4 days ago
  • BBC News - Chiltern Railways London Marylebone to Oxford line to go ahead http://t.co/XEgqf6hOW7 11 months 1 week ago
  • Wycombe-to-Oxford rail link to go ahead after failed High Court bid (From Bucks Free Press) http://t.co/pvkY08FeTX 11 months 1 week ago
  • COMMENT: The go-ahead for rail link is great news for many (From Oxford Mail) http://t.co/iJWbnk1fT2 11 months 1 week ago
  • It's full steam ahead for new Oxford London rail link. Via Oxford Mail. http://t.co/FE1LXAHRrM 11 months 1 week ago
  • East West Rail Consortium welcomes High Court decision confirming authority to construct Oxford-Bicester rail route. http://t.co/nmToCHXHmz 11 months 1 week ago
  • BBC News - Chiltern Railways London Marylebone to Oxford line to go ahead http://t.co/XEgqf6hOW7 11 months 1 week ago
  • RT @oxfordtimes: Work to start on new Oxford-London rail link just months away after final approval http://t.co/SdboIo4my2 11 months 1 week ago
  • @jamesgleave1 @BCCletts @MikeBond64 @networkrail Indeed, track laying is just one part of the process. 11 months 1 week ago
  • RT @chilternrailway: We're delighted to announce that we have had final approval to start construction on our groundbreaking Oxford to Lond… 11 months 1 week ago
  • @neilf81 Bicester-Bletchley target opening date is Dec 2017 and for EWR services between Bedford & Oxford, Milton Keynes & Aylesbury to run. 11 months 1 week ago
  • @MikeBond64 Of course - thank you for pointing that out! CJ 11 months 1 week ago
  • .@MikeBond64 We're working to a target date of December 2017 for East West Rail services to be operational on the Bicester-Bletchley section 11 months 1 week ago
  • “@oxfordtimes: Work to start on new Oxford-London rail link this summer after final approval announced http://t.co/NSHJOq2tfh 11 months 1 week ago
  • “@TheOxfordMail: Work to start on new Oxford-London rail link this summer after final approval announced http://t.co/qalsvPsGbN 11 months 1 week ago
  • @ProvensaConsult And thank you for following East West Rail. 11 months 2 weeks ago
  • Here's a good way for electrical engineers to enter the rail industry - men AND women! @claremoriarty @womeninrail http://t.co/imgELD2qvV 11 months 2 weeks ago

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