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On the line

The drawing used to illustrate Ed Owen's article on the proposed Oxford-Cambridge rail line (NCE 21 February) is not completely accurate.

The line from Milton Keynes (Bletchley) to Bedford should be shown as "existing track", not proposed work – it carries
an hourly train service!

In my view, the proposal for this route leaves much to be desired, as it uses part of the heavily trafficked King's Cross to Edinburgh main line on which very few "paths" are available even at the present time.

As rail traffic is increasing nationwide, even those paths remaining will be taken up long before this rail scheme could be implemented.


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