Network Rail is proposing to improve the railway between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough by upgrading disused and underused rail track to provide a new rail link between these important conurbations, and provide additional routes and capacity for both passengers and freight.
On completion, this new rail link will connect the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland Main Lines north of London and become a vital strategic rail link in Britain’s rail network.
In September 2015 Network Rail consulted on plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed sections of line linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes-Princes Risborough as part of the East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 project.
It will require statutory powers under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) granted by the Secretary of State for Transport in order to construct, maintain and operate the project.
It has undertaken further development following the first round of consultation and will be holding a second round of consultation beginning on 30 June and ending on 11 August 2017.
The Consortium is encouraging local residents and businesses to take part in the consultation and to attend the public exhibitions where they can speak to the project team and ask any questions they may have.
How to engage:
There are a number of ways the public can have their say on the project.
- Visit ewrconsultation.co.uk
- Download the free app for iPhone, iPad and Android phones and tablets
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Send a letter: FREEPOST EAST WEST RAIL CONSULTATION (must be in capitals)
- Come and speak to a member of the team in person at a consultation event:
|Bicester||10 July||12-8pm||John Paul II Centre, Henley House, The Causeway, OX26 6AW|
|Bletchley||11 July||12-8pm||Scots Sports and Social Club, Selbourne Avenue, MK3 5BX|
|Winslow||12 July||12-8pm||Public Hall, Elmfields Gate, MK18 3JG|
|Launton||13 July||12-8pm||Sports and Social Club, Bicester Road, OX26 5DP|
|Waddesdon||14 July||12-8pm||Waddesdon Village Hall, Baker Street, HP18 0LQ|
|Newton Longville||17 July||3-7pm||2 Paradise, MK17 0AQ|
|Bedford||18 July||12-8pm||Harpur Suite, St. Paul’s Square, MK40 1SJ|
|Marston Moretaine||19 July||12-8pm||The Forest Centre, Station Road, MK43 0PR|
|Charndon||20 July||3-7pm||Community Centre, Charndon Playing Fields, Steeple Claydon Road, OX27 0BL|
|Princes Risborough||21 July||12-8pm||Elim Church@Risborough, 9 Bell Street, HP27 0DE|