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11 September 2018 Consortium submits TWAO letter of support

The East West Rail Consortium has submitted its letter of support as part of the TWAO process for the Western Section. We would like to thank all those who took the time to give their support during the recent period of representation. The Consortium’s submission, which you can read it here, is strongly supportive of the overall strategic case […]

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27 July 2018 Network Rail applies for Transport and Works Act Order for East West Rail

The transformational East West Rail project has taken another step forward today. Network Rail has applied to the Secretary of State for Transport for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to construct phase 2 of the project between Bicester and Bedford. The East West Rail project is being built progressively in phases, and once […]

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20 March 2018 Community champion visits Bearbrook School in Aylesbury

Pupils at Bearbrook Combined School in Aylesbury were challenged to create the tallest structures using just pasta and jelly babies on Tuesday, March 13. Setting the challenge was Danny Miller, from Network Rail, whose work in the community is supported by the East West Rail Consortium – which includes Buckinghamshire County Council and Aylesbury Vale […]

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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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