Bedford to Cambridge: route options for the Central Section of East West Rail are being developed

New services, new stations

This section will link Bedford and Cambridge with a new line and new stations for the communities in between.

When this final section of East West Rail is completed in the mid 2020s, services will be able to run the complete length of the line between Oxford and Cambridge, serving all the stations along the way and connecting into several main line routes. 

This work is supported by the government who re-stated its commitment to accelerate the delivery of the central section in the 2018 budget, announcing £20 million for the East West Railway Company to develop a Strategic Outline Business Case (SOBC).


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Route option consultation: 28 January to 11 March 2019

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.  

The consultation closed on 11 March.  We’re now analysing feedback and we will publish our consultation feedback report and preferred route option later this year. We’ll announce this publicly in the media, on this website, and via our newsletter which you can subscribe to here.

You can learn more about the five route options by visiting our consultation page here.