East West Rail is a once in a generation opportunity to connect communities between Oxford and Cambridge with jobs, education and opportunities.
The vibrant communities between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge blend beautiful landscapes and a rich cultural heritage with globally renowned centres of education, business, technology and an increasingly dynamic business scene. Together they contribute around £111 billion to the national economy each year.
While it’s a fantastic place to live and work, people are being let down by a lack of good east-west transport links. This is limiting their ability to enjoy everything the area has to offer – from easy opportunities to commute between home and work, to days out with friends and family.
East West Rail connects people to what matters most.
New job opportunities
The delivery of the line between Oxford and Bletchley/Milton Keynes is expected to directly employ 980 people and support around another 500 in the wider supply chain, bringing around £1.1bn into the local economy in 2021/22.
East West Rail will make it quicker and easier to get around – connecting people to their jobs, homes and families, leisure destinations, as well as businesses to their employees, suppliers and customers
Eased pressure on roads
By offering rail travel as an alternative to road, and ensuring it is well connected to other modes of transport, East West Rail can help to ease traffic on local roads.
Growing local economies
East West Rail will make places more appealing for people wanting to start and grow businesses – attracting and retaining the best talent in the region, while encouraging new investment to support the economy
New connections, more opportunities
EWR will boost connectivity – bringing more communities within reach of the high value jobs available, and enabling businesses to expand within easy reach. This is great for businesses, reducing their costs and increasing their access to talented workers; and it’s brilliant for the communities who get new connections and access to increased opportunities.
By bringing a string of economic centres closer together, EWR turbo-charges increased collaboration and innovation that will drive improved productivity, and create a globally competitive super cluster to rival Silicon Valley or Boston.
Over 70% of local residents surveyed support a transport connection between Oxford and Cambridge
Every local authority and local enterprise partnership between Oxford and Cambridge support EWR
The top 50 employers in Cambridge have written to the Government to make the case for EWR
Supported by local communities, government, and employers
Support for the project is high, with over 70% of local residents surveyed in early 2022 supporting a transport connection between Oxford and Cambridge. This includes strong advocacy from businesses in the area, including AstraZeneca which already generates £3.6bn GVA per year for the UK economy.
When asked whether a new east-west public transport link is a good idea, 71% of people from Oxford to Cambridge said it was a good or an excellent idea.