2019 Bedford to Cambridge consultation
In 2019 we held a non-statutory public consultation, talking with people living and working across the Bedford to Cambridge route corridor, elected representatives and many other organisations and interest groups. Using their comments alongside environmental, economic and technical studies, a Preferred Route Option was chosen in early 2020. Read about the preferred route option.
We are now beginning to develop options for the Preferred Route Alignment. The team will also consider station sites, start to survey land, and study connections with local transport networks. Once options for the Preferred Route Alignment are sufficiently advanced, we’ll present them as part of a second round of non-statutory consultation so that you can have your say.
Stay in touch
There are currently no open consultations, however we'll soon be launching a community hub, where you'll be able to help shape East West Rail by sharing your thoughts and stories, responding to polls and surveys, and participating in future consultations.
In the meantime:
As East West Rail progresses, we will need to survey land
Our project, to create a new East West Rail line, will go through a number of phases. To help us develop the project, we need to survey the land in the broad area around it.
These surveys will help us design the railway so we can deliver transport connections in a responsible and environmentally sustainable way and help us to design appropriate ways to mitigate any negative impacts of the railway. They'll also help us to understand the environmental conditions of the area including things like the plant and animal species living nearby, the environmental features like rivers and streams, and the historical features present.
What do landowners and occupiers need to know?
We will be surveying in a wider area than we will eventually need for the project. The fact that we are carrying out surveys on a particular piece of land does not necessarily mean we will need to use it in the future. Once we have identified land required for the project we will consult the affected landowners.
Over the first half of 2020 we have written to a number of landowners and occupiers, asking for agreement to undertake surveys on their land.
If you have received a letter our colleagues will be in touch soon to follow up. If you’d like to talk to the team in the meantime with any questions or comments, we’ve be very happy to talk to you:
- Email us at: [email protected]
- Call us on: 03308387583
- Send us an online message
- Write to us at: Freepost EAST WEST RAIL LAND
We will continue to write to landowners and occupiers as the kind of information we need and the locations we need access to will change over time. If you would like to talk to the team at any point, please get in touch.
In May 2020 we updated our Guide to the Access License for Environmental Surveys. This explains what kind of surveys are happening at the moment, and the access license we have sent to landowners where we are seeking access surveys from May 2020 to January 2021. This is the most up to date version of the Guide and replaces an earlier version that some may have received by post. If you have agreed to enter into a three year access license with us, the earlier version of the Guide is most relevant to you.
The following documents were also enclosed with letters we recently sent to landowners:
- Guide to the Access License for Environmental Surveys
- Access License for Surveys: Step-by-step Guide
- Access License for Surveys: Contact Details Form
- Access License for Surveys: Documents Return Checklist
- Access License for Surveys: BACS Transfer Form
If you have any questions about these documents, or if you would like us to send you physical copies, please get in touch with the team:
Our commitments to landowners and occupiers
Underpinning this is our eight commitments to impacted landowners and occupiers:
We will treat you, your land, property and personal data, and third parties acting for you with respect
We will make the Health and Safety of you, your community and our workforce a priority
We will work collaboratively with you and any third parties acting on your behalf
We will discuss each activity with you, so we understand and manage the impacts to you
We will keep potential damage and disruption to the minimum required to deliver the railway
We will make good any physical damage caused through our activities
We will make all payments and compensation due to you on time
We will assign a dedicated Land Access Manager to you so you always have a way to contact us
Further information about these commitments, and our approach to land more broadly can be read in our land principles fact sheet.