East West Rail: Keeping You Connected – Route Update Announcement

Announcement from East-West Rail:

We’re publishing the route update for East West Rail (EWR), which will see new train services connecting Oxford, Milton Keynes and Cambridge moving one step closer – unlocking the area’s potential to create jobs, grow the economy and attract investment for the entire country.

Our proposals will slash journey times across the region, create new opportunities for people to access jobs, green spaces and enjoy everything the area has to offer.

Our news is part of a wider government announcement the Chancellor of the Exchequer made this morning about plans to bolster the UK’s position as a global science superpower. This announcement recognises that delivering this new line is critical to improving connections between UK science powerhouses Oxford and Cambridge and will bring more investment to the region.

The proposals we’re announcing today for EWR have been shaped by the hundreds of conversations we’ve had with local people, businesses and other stakeholders and the thousands of responses we received from local people to our second non-statutory public consultation.

Alongside this announcement, we have also launched our Need to Sell scheme, which sets out support available for those property owners potentially impacted by EWR and takes into consideration the feedback received during our 2021 consultation.

What other information is being published?  

Alongside the Route Update Report, a range of factsheets and updated maps, we’ve published several other related documents, including:

All of the Route Update Announcement information can be found on our website.

Next steps

In the coming weeks we’ll be in a location near you holding public information events and meeting stakeholders across the route to answer questions about the updates.

The events will run from 2pm – 8pm and the dates can be found below. Further details are available on our Community Hub.

13 June – Bedford Heights
20 June – Ravensden Village Hall
22 June – Eversden Village Hall
26 June – Harston Village Hall
30 June – Summerlin Centre, Woburn Sands
04 July – Lidlington Village Hall
07 July – Tempsford Stuart Memorial Village Hall
11 July – Cambridge Belfry Hotel
12 July – John Paul ll Centre

20 July – Love’s Farm, St Neots

We’ll continue to work on more detailed designs and proposals, which we’ll present at the statutory consultation which we expect to take place in the first half of 2024. This will be a key part of the process to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO).