Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

East West rail scheme enters second phase

Network Rail has made public details of the second phase of the East West Rail project, which will upgrade the railway between Bicester and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Princes Risborough.

The plans involve upgrading lines or rebuilding defunct lines to link the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland main lines north of London.

The first phase of the project to link Oxford to Bedford and Milton Keynes via Aylesbury and Princes Risborough to London Marylebone is almost complete.

The proposed work would involve a new station at Winslow, two new platforms at Bletchley, and construction of 18 new overbridges, 22 new footbridges and subways and changes to 97 railway crossings.

Network Rail

Source: Network Rail

A map showing phases 1 and 2 of the East West Rail project

A series of exhibitions on the plans have been set up so that residents can give feedback in person or online.

Network Rail senior programme manager Andy Milne said: “This is a great opportunity for people to come and learn more about the project and tell us what they think of our plans. It gives local communities the opportunity to influence how the project will be developed.”

This is the first round of public exhibitions and more detailed consultation will be carried out next spring.  Network Rail hopes to submit an application to the Secretary of State for Transport in summer 2016 for the necessary permissions to complete the work.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.