East West Rail selects route for central section
The East West Rail Consortium (EWRC) has selected the Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge corridor as the preferred option for its ‘missing’ central link section. It was one of 20 options considered.
The Bedford-Sandy-Cambridge line closed in 1967; the Bedford-Sandy section survives as a footpath, but parts of the Sandy-Cambridge trackbed have been built over. The central section connects Oxford and Bedford in the west with Cambridge, Norwich and Ipswich in the east.
Network Rail – which worked closely with EWRC, the DfT and other bodies – will publish its supporting documentation, analysis and evidence in May.
EWRC represents many of the local authorities in the East West Rail catchment area. The western section has partly been brought back into use with the recent opening of the new Bicester Chord, permitting through running to London Marylebone from Oxford Parkway in October 2015, and scheduled from Oxford in December 2016.