Out and about talking East West Rail

Hear all about the latest EWR community events from Gail, our new Community Engagement Manager.

Hi there – my name’s Gail and I joined East West Railway Company just a couple months ago. Given that the recent community events were only around the corner when I started, you could say I had to hit the ground running. But, I’ve loved every second so far – especially getting to meet people from our local communities.


We received excellent engagement during our 2021 non-statutory consultation, and it’s important we consider each response carefully before the next stages of EWR are announced. Whilst we work our way through the consultation feedback, the team here at EWR Co are eager to meet people outside of the formal consultation process. Although there’s no new information currently available, people have really appreciated talking with us about our proposals and, given that not everyone is online, it was a great to be back in the room now that restrictions have lifted.


We started the drop-in sessions in Bedfordshire back on the 18 May, and during the past eight weeks we’ve managed to meet over 750 people across six community events with . The drop-in events have provided an opportunity for communities to learn about the project, ask questions and help us get to know each other a bit better. On a personal level, it’s given me a greater understanding of how best to stay in touch with the people EWR will serve. Following conversations during the first six events, we’ve already started looking at alternative ways of communicating based on feedback so far.


It's been a real pleasure talking with people and I’d encourage anyone wanting to learn about EWR to come along to one of our next four sessions. To see where we’ll be and when, simply take a look at our upcoming schedule of events. We’d love to see you there.


If you’ve managed to make it along to one of our drop-in events already, then we’d love to hear what you thought by completing this short survey.


Thank you and I hope to see you soon.