In this video, Graham Botham, Principal Strategic Planner with Network Rail explains the current work being undertaken to identify how existing and new railway infrastructure may best be used to deliver improved rail services and connections in the east of England. This work is necessary to identify a single preferred route to extend the Western Section of East West Rail east of Bedford, via Cambridge and on to East Anglia.
The EastWest Rail Consortium continues to work with Network Rail and the Department for Transport to develop the route corridor options for the central section; the planned re-opening of a rail link between Bedford and Cambridge.
Update March 2015
The joint working group met on Monday 9 March 2015 to review in detail the latest work on analysing the viability of the various options. The group had anticipated that at this stage the options under consideration would be reduced to two or three corridors. However due to the complex nature of understanding the impact of some of the options on existing infrastructure and in particular on existing stations, further work is necessary in order to be confident that the route selection process can be robustly defended.
The development team will produce a detailed analysis of the merits or otherwise of each option. The criteria used to determine route preference will include:
– Journey time between major centres
– Size of newly-served population/market
– Development potential
– Operational cost between centres
– Environmental impacts
– Benefits versus Costs
We will then publish a more detailed progress report.
Page last updated 11th March 2015