East West Rail funding go-ahead
Rail Express|March 2021
Although it was expected, £760 million of funding has now been confirmed to build the Western Section of the East West Railway scheme.

THE Department for Transport announced on January 25 that £760 million is to be made available to complete the Western section of the East West Railway between Bicester and Bletchley.

The development plan separates the full route into three sections – Western, Central and Eastern – that will eventually provide services from Oxford to Cambridge and beyond, and each section has very different characteristics.

The first part of the Oxford to Bedford Western section has already been completed as part of Chiltern Railways’ initiative to provide direct trains between Marylebone and Oxford, which began running at the end of 2016. This required a new chord to be built at Bicester Town to access the Chiltern Main Line via Princes Risborough and High Wycombe to Northolt Junction and Marylebone.

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