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.
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)
From July 10 to July 21 public consultation events took place in Bicester, Bletchley, Winslow, Launton, Waddesdon, Newton Longville, Bedford, Marston Moretaine, Charndon and Princes Risborough.