The Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge corridor was confirmed on March 29 as the preferred option for the East West Rail Central Section.
EWR plans to improve connectivity by introducing faster trains between Oxford, Cambridge and East Anglia. Network Rail said that 20 options were considered, and that written documentation, analysis and evidence supporting the decision will be released in May. Further analysis and consultation will then take place to determine options for the route.
Rail Minister Claire Perry said the National Infrastructure Commission will take on the East West Rail Consortium’s work, incorporating it into a wider project to unlock growth in the corridor.
Erica Blamire, principal strategic planner for Network Rail, said: “In reaching our decision on the Central Section we have assessed the benefits and costs of several potential broad corridors, with input from rail industry stakeholders and regional working groups, including the local authorities in the East West Rail Consortium and the Department for Transport."
- For more on this story, read RAIL 798, published on April 13.