East West Rail will connect communities from Oxford through to Cambridge

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Why East West Rail?

Oxford, Cambridge and the communities in between are renowned for their vibrant economy, educational excellence and scientific innovation. They deliver growth and prosperity both locally and for the whole country. So why is East West Rail so crucial? 

Well, as the National Infrastructure Commission identified in their report "Partnering for Prosperity: A new deal for the Cambridge Milton Keynes-Oxford Arc", economic prosperity is not guaranteed. Without investment in new infrastructure designed to support housing growth and link communities, the area will fall behind and fail to attract or retain the talent which helps maintain its position in the UK economy. 

Residents, businesses and Local Authorities have long called for a reinstatement of an east-west rail link across the region to cater for future growth, with the support of new local services which are quicker, cheaper and more reliable than the current transport options. 

East West Rail does this, bringing communities closer together while unlocking new opportunities for jobs, tourism and housing.



Why East West Rail?

Delivery is underway

East West Rail is being built in phases, which will allow services to start running sooner. Once complete it will create a world class rail link connecting Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, and communities in between.