East West Rail: making meaningful connections

East West Rail is creating a new direct connection between Oxford and Cambridge, and beyond. Serving communities across the area, it will bring faster journey times and lower transport costs as well as easing pressure on local roads. 

Improving everyday journeys makes the biggest difference. We're making it easier for you to get from home to work or wherever else life takes you.  

Our mission at the East West Railway Company, is to deliver all of this safely, quickly and as cost-effectively as possible. 

While our ways of working have changed, the team remains dedicated to creating your new connections, and the team are still working hard. We will continue to follow Government advice and keep you up do date as we adapt to a new way of working.

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We recently launched the online East West Rail Community Hub; your place to ask questions and take part in surveys and discussions, at a time and place that’s convenient to you. This is your platform, your place to share.

Visit the Community Hub and join the conversation today!

Join the conversation!

Delivery is underway

East West Rail is being built in phases, which will allow services to start running sooner. Once complete it will create a world class rail link connecting Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, and communities in between.

Environmental surveys underway

As we develop the project we need to undertake surveys in and around the area, to learn as much as we can about the land and local environmental features. Understanding these important characteristics at this early stage of the project will help us identify the potential benefits and impacts of the project and get the right design for the communities we’re serving and the environment.

We are working with local conservation bodies and we have begun engaging with local residents and landowners about these surveys, and initial surveys are now underway.

Read more about the environmental surveys.

Environmental surveys underway

Benefits at a glance

Faster and cheaper journeys

East West Rail will provide a quicker, cheaper and more reliable alternative to the current transport options. Find out more about the route

A boost for the local economy

New connections will make the area more commutable, which will open up new job opportunities, support local business and help the economy to grow. 

While the line is being built, there will be jobs and contracts supporting our planning and delivery - and when that's all done there will be jobs operating the railway too. Read more about job opportunities

Improved access to housing

By improving travel locally and across the UK, East West Rail will make it easier to live closer to work and support the creation of new communities. Read more about the benefits

Benefits at a glance

A realistic timeline for delivery

The connection between Oxford and Cambridge is expected to be complete mid 2020s, when construction of the Central Section is planned to finish and trains will run directly between Oxford and Cambridge. This follows the expected completion of the Western Section, with the first services expected to start running by the end of 2024. 

These dates have been agreed between the East West Railway Company and the Department for Transport, but we are doing everything we can to safely accelerate planning and construction timelines to bring new services online sooner.

If, as the project progresses, it becomes necessary to change our delivery dates we will publish changes here. Alternatively, if you'd like regular updates, scroll down and sign up to our newsletter. 

A realistic timeline for delivery



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