Network Rail has submitted its final proposals for the construction of Phase 2 of East West Rail (EWR) to Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling.
EWR is being built in stages to link Oxford and Cambridge. Phase 1 between Oxford and Bicester is already complete, with Phase 2 covering Bicester to Bedford. The plans are subject to permission being granted through a Transport and Works Act Order, so that major construction can begin in 2019.
The TWAO application proposes major track and signalling upgrades between Bicester, Bedford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, including reinstatement of a disused section of railway between Bletchley and Claydon Junction.
Colin Murphy, head of consenting and environment for NR’s EWR project, said: “The submission for the TWAO is a culmination of four years of work developing the scheme, and follows three positive rounds of community consultation where we’ve continually refined our proposal based on the views of the community and planning experts.
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