East West Rail Western Section Phase 2

Closed 16 Oct 2015

Opened 7 Sep 2015


As part of Network Rail's railway upgrade plan, we are developing plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing, and mothballed (no longer in use) sections of track linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes-Princes Risborough. 
What will the scheme deliver?
  • New journey opportunities for passengers between Bedford and Bicester,
  • New passenger services between Milton Keynes and London via Aylesbury
  • Improved regional links to help boost local economies
  • Increased capacity for freight trains, helping to support the UK econmony and take vehicles off local roads


The East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 project is part of East West Rail which aims to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. It has been promoted and developed since 1995 by the East West Rail Consortium, a group of local authorities and strategic partners.

The East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 project is funded by the Department for Transport with a contribution from the East West Rail Consortium.
What's involved?
  • Building new additional track and upgrading infrastructure between Bicester and Claydon Junction (currently only used by freight trains)
  • Doing some preliminary work to prepare for electrification of the line between Bicester and Bletchley
  • Upgrading track and infrastructure between Princes Risborough and Claydon Junction (currently only used by freight trains) 
  • Reconstructing and improving the mothballed track between Claydon Junction and Bletchley,
  • Various station works at: Winslow, Bletchley, Ridgmont, Monks Risborough, Aylesbury Vale Parkway, Little Kimble, Bedford Midland and Woburn Sands
  • Constructing passing loops: Newton Longville, Steeple Haydon and Calvert Waste Facility
  • Works to existing structures
  • Railway crossing improvements 

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Why We Are Consulting

Consultation is an important part of the way we develop our plans to improve the railway.

We will need to acquire some land on which to construct and operate the line. In addition, the work to reintroduce passenger and freight services between Bedford and Bicester and between Milton Keynes and London via Aylesbury involves reconstructing and upgrading disused and underused sections of track and signalling and upgrading other sections of the line.

As part of the development of the route we are considering how to make the reinstated railway safer for everyone. With this in mind we have been looking at footpath, road and farm crossings.

In order to obtain the necessary powers to be able to deliver this improvement, we will be required to make an application for a Transport and Works Act Order to the Secretary of State for Transport.  All feedback will be considered, and captured within a consultation report that will be submitted as part of the application

The first round of consultation on East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 closed on 16 October 2015.

We would like to thank all those who left feedback on the proposals, we will now analyse all of the responses we received to better understand some of the key issues raised.  In the mean time you can contact us via email at ewrconsultation@networkrail.co.uk if you have any further questions.  You can also download the key information from the consultation below.

Please note: The file sizes of documents Appendices A (Consultation Drawings) , C (Highway overbridges and accommodation crossings plans) and G (Environmental Features Plans) are large. Please email ewrconsultation@networkrail.co.uk to request these.


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