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17 February 2020 New study will support Eastern Section business case

Local authorities in Suffolk and Norfolk are exploring how a new rail link to Oxford can benefit both counties.   The Secretary of State for Transport, Grant Shapps MP, announced at the end of January a preferred route for a new rail line between Cambridge and Bedford, which will form the missing rail link between Cambridge […]

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4 February 2020 Permission granted for Western Section work

Press release from Network Rail The first direct rail link in more than 50 years between Oxford, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury has been given the green light for further work. Today (Tuesday 4 February) the Secretary of State for Transport approved Network Rail’s Transport and Works Act Order application, granting permission for work to […]

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30 January 2020 ‘A landmark moment’: Consortium delight as ‘central section’ route is announced

The chairman of the East West Rail Consortium has hailed today’s announcement on the preferred route between Bedford and Cambridge as a ‘landmark moment’ in the scheme’s history. Cllr Mark Shaw said that the work of the Consortium – a grouping of local authorities and local enterprise partnerships which was founded in 1995 and produced […]

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10 September 2019 Newmarket sets out rail vision

From our colleagues at Suffolk County Council: Calls for investment in rail infrastructure are being made by politicians and businesses in Newmarket. Last Friday, 6 September, representatives from Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk District Council and the Newmarket Racecourses met with stakeholders from the horse racing industry and Members of Parliament to call for more […]

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14 March 2019 Consortium hails East West Rail progress – 2019 a ‘pivotal year in scheme’s history’

The East West Rail Consortium has hailed progress being made on East West Rail, describing 2019 as ‘a pivotal year in the scheme’s history’. This year has already seen a hat-trick of important developments – the public inquiry into the Western Section between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes; the route options consultation […]

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19 February 2019 Prospectus makes case for direct East West Rail services from Ipswich and Norwich to Oxford

A direct rail link between Ipswich, Norwich and Oxford would unlock £17.5bn for the East Anglian economy, according to a new report published by the East West Rail Consortium. It says the link would boost economic output and create 120,000 jobs across East Anglia, connecting high value economies in key growth locations in Suffolk and […]

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28 January 2019 Consultation underway on new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge

This news release is from our colleagues at the East West Railway Company – set up by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2017 to deliver East West Rail The East West Railway Company today revealed five route options for the new rail line between Bedford and Cambridge All five route options reduce travel […]

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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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