What is East West Rail?
East West Rail is a major railway project. It aims to deliver much-needed transport connections for communities between Oxford and Cambridge by:
- Upgrading an existing section of railway between Oxford and Bicester
- Bringing back a section of railway between Bicester and Bletchley
- Refurbishing existing railway between Bletchley and Bedford
- Building brand new railway infrastructure between Bedford and Cambridge
Services will be introduced in three connection stages. You can learn more about them further down this page.
Please note that we are currently consulting on a number of proposals which relate to geographic areas described on this page. To find out more, please visit our consultation page.Learn more
Why is East West Rail important?
The vibrant mix of communities between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge are fantastic places to live and work. But people are being let down by a lack of environmentally sustainable, safe and affordable transport in the area.
East West Rail is set to deliver these much-needed connections. Linking communities to job opportunities, access to new homes and everyday connections with family and friends.
Cheaper and easier travel between Oxford and Cambridge
With new train services and railway stations, we aim to make rail travel quicker and cheaper for all.
Jobs and growth
By connecting science parks, universities and industry, we’ll provide access to new opportunities.
By upgrading connectivity, we aim to support the improvement of new and existing communities between Oxford and Cambridge
East West Rail Services will be introduced in 3 'Connection Stages'
Our delivery partners
East West Rail is a complex project, particularly given there are multiple sections of railway line and several delivery partners. Here is a quick guide to the partners helping us deliver East West Rail.Learn more