Consultation overview: 31 March - 9 June 2021

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We want to hear your views on our developing plans

This consultation covers customer experience, railway operations and a range of infrastructure proposals. We are consulting you while our plans are still at a formative stage.

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There are lots of ways to get involved

We will be opening Virtual Consultation Rooms and hosting virtual community events and live chat Q&As.

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Consultation closes on 9 June 2021

Please send us your views before consultation closes, using the feedback form found below.

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Learn more about our proposals

You'll find a range of documents, maps and materials at the bottom of this page.

What this consultation covers

This consultation covers the overall customer experience and railway operations for East West Rail, as well as a range of infrastructure proposals - such as route alignments, stations and level crossings. The below map shows the six geographic areas where these infrastructure proposals are located. 

The six geographic areas of this consultation

All the information you need to respond

To learn about our developing plans, we encourage you to download our Consultation Document. The Consultation Document is designed to give you the key information you need to consider our developing plans.

You can download the full Consultation Document (PDF - 21MB), or navigate to the bottom of this page where we've broken it into smaller versions - based on topic and chapter. You'll also find at the bottom of this page a range of supporting materials, including a more detailed technical report, fact sheets, and large versions of our maps. 

Please note that due to large amount of documents and maps, they are stored at the bottom of this page under expandable headings. Full lists of these documents with links to download can be accessed at the following locations:

If you would like physical copies of our documents sent to you, please visit our online order form

The consultation process

This public consultation will run from 31 March - 9 June 2021. This is your opportunity to share your views on our developing plans.  These plans are found in the documents at the bottom of this page. 

This is the second public consultation we have carried out to share our Project plans. Following this consultation we will carefully analyse and review all your responses, take them into account and explain how we are doing that in a summary report.

Using feedback from this consultation alongside continuing environmental, economic and technical studies, we will further progress plans for East West Rail. We will then present these plans for further comment in a statutory consultation, before submitting an application for consent to build and operate East West Rail to the Secretary of State for Transport for consideration.

 

Respond to this consultation

Please share your views with us by filling out our online feedback form

Alternatively, you can:

Please get in touch if you require copies of our consultation materials in Braille, large text or another language.

Share your views

Visit our Virtual Consultation Rooms

Our seven virtual consultation rooms are designed to replicate an in-person consultation event, allowing you to navigate around, engage with our team, and learn more about our plans to deliver East West Rail. All rooms contain banners, fact sheets, document libraries, videos and a feedback terminal.

We will also be holding weekly, two-hour live chat sessions where you will be able to engage with the EWR Co project team to ask questions. All you need to do is visit a virtual consultation room and open the chat box function. The times and dates for these live chat sessions can be found towards the bottom of this page under the heading 'Live Chat Events'. 

Visit the rooms

The Need to Sell Scheme

We are also consulting on our proposals for a Need to Sell Scheme, that if introduced, would aim to support people whose ability to sell their property was affected by the Project following the announcement of a preferred route alignment.

If you would like to tell us your views on the proposed Need to Sell Scheme or would like to read our supporting materials for property owners potentially affected by the East West Rail Project, please visit our land and property page.

You can still provide feedback on the wider project and our proposals, including how they may affect you directly as a property owner,  using the feedback form on this page.

Learn more

Public events for you to attend online

Due to Covid-19 restrictions we are not able to hold face-to-face public meetings so we have online events you can join to hear our proposals and ask questions. Throughout the consultation we are holding:

  • Geographically-based events
  • Customer experience and railway operations events
  • Weekly live chat events

More information about each of these events is provided below, under the corresponding dropdown heading. 

Not online or uncomfortable in an online space?

If you or someone you know has questions about the project and are not online, or are not comfortable in an online, setting please call us on 0330 1340067 and one of our team will help you.

    The first public event, or webinar, in your area will give you an overview of the project, the consultation and a summary of the EWR proposals in the named area followed by a question and answer session.

    The second public event, or webinar, will give you greater detail of what most interests local communities in your area such as the environment, cost and the benefits of the project, followed by a question and answer session.   

    Please note that the first Clapham Green to The Eversdens public webinar was cut short due to technical difficulties. Additional webinars have been added on 20 April and 21 April, as shown below.

       

    Oxford to Bicester

    Public event one Tuesday 13 April 10am - 11am Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 
    Public event two Friday 14 May 11am-12pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link.

     

    Bletchley and the Marston Vale Line

    Public event one Tuesday 13 April 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link
    Public event two Thursday 13 May 2pm - 3pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 

     

     Bedford

    Public event one Wednesday 14 April 2pm - 3pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 
    Public event two* Wednesday 12 May 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 

     

     *Please note that the time for this event has been updated (new time: 7pm - 8pm, previous time: 11am - 12pm)

     

     Clapham Green to The Eversdens

    Public event one* Thursday 15 April 11am - 12pm Rescheduled (see below: events two and three)
    Public event two (new) Tuesday 20 April 4pm - 5pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link.
    Public event three (new) Wednesday 21 April 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link.
    Public event four Tuesday 11 May 2pm - 3pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 

     

     *Due to technical difficulties, this event was unfortunately cut short. Additional events have been added on 20 April and 21 April, as shown above. 

     

     Harlton to Hauxton

    Public event one Thursday 15 April 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 
    Public event two Tuesday 11 May 11am - 12pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link

     

    The Shelfords to Cambridge

    Public event one Friday 16 April 11am - 12pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link
    Public event two Monday 10 May 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 

     

    These events, or webinars, will give you the opportunity to find out how you, as future customers, will experience the railway and how you can help shape customer experience through railway infrastructure, station and train design, to name a few.

    Public event one Wednesday 14 April 7pm - 8pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link. 
    Public event two Saturday 15 May 2pm - 3pm Joining instructions: Please join by following this link
           

    We will be holding weekly, two-hour live chat sessions where members of the public will be able to engage with the EWR Co project team to ask questions. All you need to do is visit our virtual consultation room and open the chat box function on the screen to chat directly to a member of the East West Rail team. If you can’t attend our live chat events, you can still open the chat box and leave a message at any point throughout the consultation and we will reply to you as soon as possible.

    Public live chat week 1 Tuesday 13 April 2pm - 4pm
    Public live chat week 3 Wednesday 21 April 10am - 12pm
    Public live chat week 3 Saturday 24 April* 2pm - 4pm
    Public live chat week 4 Monday 26 April 10am - 12pm
    Public live chat week 5 Tuesday 4 May 6pm - 8pm
    Public live chat week 6 Thursday 13 May 10am - 12pm
    Public live chat week 7 Saturday 22 May 10am - 12pm
    Public live chat week 8 Monday 24 May 2pm - 4pm
    Public live chat week 9 Saturday 29 May 2pm - 4pm
    Public live chat week 10 Tuesday 1 June 6pm - 8pm
         

    *Please note that following the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and in line with guidance from the Government on consultation activity over the period of national mourning, East West Railway Company (EWR Co) has rescheduled a public live chat event that was set to take place on Saturday 17 April 2pm-4pm, to Saturday 24 April 2pm-4pm.

We're here to help

If you have any questions about the consultation or the East West Rail project more broadly, please get in touch through the following contact channels:

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