East West Rail will make it easier to reach the things that matter most.

From connecting people with jobs and education to simply seeing friends and family, East West Rail will help communities flourish sustainably. Click below to find out more about the benefits East West Rail could bring to your community.

Benefits of EWR
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71% of people support an east-west public transport connection

East West Rail will unlock opportunity for the region and beyond. This potential is demonstrated by the high level of support from local businesses, people and authorities.

Discover how EWR will benefit you

Creating a sustainable future

As one of the UK’s largest proposed railway projects, we know we have a responsibility to tackle the environmental challenges faced by us all. To help navigate our ambitions, we’ve set clear environmental goals which align with domestic and global priorities – including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals.

Learn about our environmental principles

Land Interest Questionnaires (LIQ) FAQs

We have compiled a list of questions and answers which we hope will explain the purpose of the LIQs.

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What you've been asking us

Land & Property

How can I find out about ecology surveys?


How do I find out about the business case?


How does the planning process work?

Our Approach

What’s EWR’s approach to freight?

In the media

Bedford Independent

East West Rail announces dates of latest information events

Nine drop-in events are being held in May ahead of the statutory consultation process which starts in June.

Rail Business Daily v5

East West Rail’s potential ‘perfectly illustrated’ by huge success of reopened Scottish railway

Borders Railway provides the blueprint for EWR in terms of the regeneration it has delivered.

WEB ITN Logo Beds Bulletin v3

Business leaders welcome plans to fast-track East West Rail’s Bedford to Oxford services

News that works on the Bletchley to Bedford section of EWR will be brought forward has been hailed by business groups.

Rail Business Daily

75 per cent of people in Bedford support East West Rail, new survey shows

Poll shows a huge number of people in Bedford believe a project like EWR will bring many benefits.