We’re considering ways we can reduce or remove embankments and viaducts on East West Rail.

During our 2021 non-statutory consultation, we presented outline details about where the new railway might need to be ‘in cutting’ or ‘on embankment / viaduct’ and displayed the ‘reasonable worst case’ scenario. Following responses to this consultation, we took a look at ways we could reduce the height of proposed embankments and viaducts – or remove them altogether.

The work we’ve been doing since the consultation closed has helped us to identify some potential opportunities, which are visualised below.

Once a preferred route alignment has been selected, a fully developed route design will be published for review by residents, communities and other stakeholders. There’ll then be an opportunity to share feedback as part of a future public consultation.

Please note that the images below are purely for general illustrative purposes so that you can picture what is under consideration. They don’t reflect the actual design of the East West Rail line.

To reduce or remove viaducts and embankments, we’re considering the following:


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Taking the railway under roads in cuttings

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Making minor diversions to potential route alignments

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Diverting roads over the railway on smaller overbridges

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