Woburn Sands & District Society | 08 January 2008

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10/03/2009 - East West Rail Link

The East West Rail link Consortium has published a discussion paper on the options they are considering for the eastern side of the East West Rail Link, from Milton Keynes eastwards towards Cambridge etc. Whilst the Society is supportive of the concept of an east west rail link between Oxford and Cambridge and beyond, for reasons of sustainable transport solutions, however we are not supportive of the preferred option as set out in this discussion paper.

It is of note that this Oxford Cambridge Rail Link does not appear on the Secretary of States main transport route map in her published changes to the SE Plan.

The East West Rail Consortium discussion paper may be found at http://www.eastwestrail.org.uk/reports and is the document entitled Central Section Operating Case Discussion paper.

Consideration of this paper raises some serious concerns.

1. Of the five route options the Consortium is considering including its preferred route option all include a reduction in the existing stopping service between Bletchley and Bedford (known as the Marston Vale Line) from one hourly to two hourly. This would mean that Fenny Stratford, Bow Brickhill, Aspley Guise, Ridgemont, Lidlington, Millbrook, Kemston Hardwick and Bedford St Johns would lose their hourly service. Even with the discounted northern and other route options, this would appear on initial consideration always to have been the case although we are not aware why this should have been required.

2.The Southern Options would mean Bedford is excluded from the EW link in favour of Luton. This would threaten not only the planned growth and regeneration of Bedford, but also the existing rail service between the proposed Stewartby or indeed Wixhams chord ( defined as a relatively short link between two rail routes either where they cross or join) and Bedford.

Consultation on the discussion paper ends on the 31st March.

Representation has been made to the EW Rail Consortium and may be found in the Documents and Representations Library. Also included is the Bedford to Bletchley Rail Users Association Response, which the Society supports.

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Areas Covered include: Woburn Sands, Aspley Guise, Aspley Heath, the Brickhills, Husborne Crawley, Salford, Wavendon and Woburn
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