Working for the future of Bedford & Kempston

Richard Fuller today welcomed the announcement by Chris Grayling MP, Secretary of State for Transport to enable fast track completion of the rail link from Oxford to Cambridge via Bedford and Milton Keynes.

In his statement to the House of Commons, Mr Grayling said, “I want to bring new skills into the challenge of upgrading our railways. I will begin by looking at the reopening of the link from Oxford to Cambridge, to support a range of opportunities including housing, science, technology and innovation. I am going to establish East West Rail as a new and separate organisation, to accelerate the permissions needed to reopen the route, and to secure private sector involvement to design, build and operate the route as an integrated organisation. This East West Rail organisation will be established early in the New Year and chaired by the former Chief Executive of Chiltern Rail, Rob Brighouse.”

Responding to the announcement, Richard said, “Completing this important rail link, especially from Bedford to Cambridge, was at serious risk of getting stuck in an over-committed Network Rail, leading to delays and potentially cancellation if government changed investment priorities in the future. I will continue to press the Secretary of State to ensure that his plans will deliver this rail line ahead of time, on budget and to the highest safety standards.”

2 Responses to More Good News for East West Rail

  • I am pleased to learn that there is the intention of getting the rail route under way quickly, and would ask that the planners, when selecting the route between Bedford and Cambridge consider whether it would be possible to link in the new centres of population, such as Wixams and Cambourne. Likewise, to the west, it would be good if the train were, in some way, able to stop in Milton Keynes.

  • Good news but is it realistic given Network Rail’s over commitment ? I would love to see some positive progress with a deferment of Electrification.

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