The Department for Transport have released a report putting forward the business case for Phase 2 of the Western Section between Bicester and Bedford.
The report, titled 'The Case for East West Rail, Western Section Phase 2', highlights that East West Rail Phase 2 will provide local communities with major transport, lifestyle and economic benefits, including:
- significant travel time savings
- less pressure on major roads
- reduced emissions
- better access to jobs and labour markets
The report's release follows East West Rail Alliance's work over the summer where they undertook enabling works on East West Rail Phase 2, using Network Rail's existing powers. Subject to necessary consents, major construction activities are expected to start in lateb2019, with the first services between Oxford and Bedford expected to enter operation in 2023.