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23 January 2018 Bruton Knowles barn owl survey

From our colleagues at Network Rail, following several enquiries from residents: We can confirm that the letter sent by Bruton Knowles to some residents living near the line, regarding a barn owl survey, is genuine. Survey work is required and they have informed us that the letter asks for limited banking information which would be […]

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9 January 2018 Find out about changes to East West Rail scheme during third consultation

The views of residents, businesses and passengers are being sought over the next four weeks on plans to continue the transformation of east-west rail services between Oxford, Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury. Since the last round of consultation in July and August 2017, there have been a number of changes to the […]

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14 December 2017 Transport Secretary officially launches East West Railway Company at Bletchley Park

  A direct rail link between the university cities of Oxford and Cambridge took a step closer today (14 December), as Transport Secretary Chris Grayling officially launched the East West Railway Company. The Transport Secretary launched the new company which will oversee the restoration of the link between the two academic powerhouses nearly 50 years […]

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22 November 2017 Consortium delight at Budget announcement

In his November 22 Budget, Chancellor Philip Hammond­­­ announced funding to build the Western Section of East West Rail, while promising to accelerate progress on the missing link between Bedford and Cambridge. The Treasury’s position paper states that funding will be made available for ‘Network Rail to deliver phase two of the western section of East West […]

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17 November 2017 ‘Now let’s turn this into reality’: Our reaction to NIC report

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its final report on the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor, in which it makes a strong recommendation to deliver East West Rail as soon as possible (see https://www.nic.org.uk/our-work/growth-corridor) Councillor Mark Shaw, chairman of the East West Rail Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section, said: “We are delighted that […]

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20 September 2017 Community champion to oversee employment, education and volunteering initiatives

An award winning community champion has been appointed to oversee East West Rail’s employment, education and volunteering initiatives. Danny Miller, the East West Rail Alliance’s Social Value Manager, previously worked on the ThamesLink project, which was recognised by several awards for its commitment to giving back to the community. His work includes visiting primary and […]

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5 September 2017 Ponds mark first step in construction

Environmental ponds are currently being built in Oxfordshire as part of the East West Rail scheme. The East West Rail Alliance is creating the habitats near Launton, which will provide new homes for Great Crested Newts and includes the planting of hedgerows and vegetation. The work, which was subject to the planning application process, marks […]

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10 August 2017 Old Oak Common plan ‘strengthens strategic importance of East West Rail’

England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance – a partner of the East West Rail Consortium – has welcomed the publication of Network Rail’s West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study, which recommends connecting the Chiltern mainline to Old Oak Common. The study sets out how demand on the Chiltern line has increased in the last decade, and will […]

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20 July 2017 Chairman ‘delighted’ after meeting with Secretary of State

Mark Shaw, chairman of the Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section of East West Rail, met with Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, in London on July 17. Mark said: “We discussed how important East West Rail is in terms of unlocking the region’s economic potential and supporting significant housing growth. It […]

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7 July 2017 ‘Make your voice heard’: Chairman encourages public to take part in consultation

People are being encouraged to take part in a consultation on plans for a rail link which will connect Oxford to Milton Keynes and Bedford, and Princes Risborough to Milton Keynes via Aylesbury and Winslow. East West Rail will eventually connect Oxford in the west with Cambridge in the east, a ‘corridor’ running across the […]

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