2019 Bedford and Cambridge Route Option Consultation: Now Closed

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March 2019 Update: consultation closes

East West Rail is creating a new rail connection between Oxford and Cambridge. This will connect communities, making it faster, easier and cheaper to travel in the local area, as well as opening up job opportunities, supporting local business and helping the economy to grow. You can read more about the scheme here

While the Western Section between Oxford and Bedford can be built by reinstating and upgrading old rail lines, for the Central Section between Bedford and Cambridge we need to build an entirely new rail line. The final alignment of this rail line and new stations will be located within the broad area shown on the above map. 

Between January and March 2019 we held a six-week consultation to ask for people’s views on our five most promising route options: A, B, C, D and E.  More than 3,500 people came to our eight consultation events held across the route corridor.  We also made our consultation information available on our website and at council buildings in the area.  Our Consultation Document, Technical Document and maps can be downloaded below.

The consultation closed on 11 March and we’re now analysing feedback. Our consultation feedback report and preferred route option will be announced publicly in the media, on this website, and via our newsletter which you can subscribe to here.

Note: During the pre-election period, no announcement can be made on a preferred route option. 

Our 2019 consultation materials

Front page of Bedford to Cambridge Consultation Document

Consultation Document

(PDF 932KB


Front page of Bedford to Cambridge Technical Report

Technical Report


5 Route Options on a Map

Route Option Maps

(PDF 1.4MB)



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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: