Status: under construction
Bicester to Bletchley
East West Rail is a valuable rail infrastructure project for the region. It aims to deliver vital transport connections for communities between Oxford and Cambridge, providing people with faster journeys and more affordable travel. Connecting them to the things that matter most.
Between Bicester and Bletchley we need to reconstruct the old Varsity Line. Construction is now underway and is being carried out by the East West Rail Alliance, which we are overseeing.
Once constructed, communities will benefit from services running between Oxford and Bletchley, with extended services to Bedford and Cambridge once the project is completed.
New stations and services
A brand new station will be built at Winslow and Bletchley station will be revamped. Proving vital connectivity for local communities.
Cheaper and easier travel
With new services and stations, we aim to make travel quicker and cheaper for all.
Jobs and growth
By connecting science parks, universities and industry, we’ll provide access to new opportunities.
Construction is underway
Over the coming months East West Rail Alliance engineers will begin constructing the section of East West Rail between Bicester and Bletchley. Work in the coming years will include:
- Constructing and restoring structures, including a new station at Winslow, new high-level platforms at Bletchley station, refurbishments, reconstruction and general repairs to existing infrastructure
- Making railway crossings safer by replacing structures and diverting or closing highway, foot and field crossings
- Upgrading track, including doubling track and upgrading infrastructure between Bicester and Bletchley
- Installing new and upgraded signalling and cabling
- Clearing overgrown vegetation, including removing overgrown vegetation predominantly along the railway corridor
For a full timeline of activity, please visit the Network Rail website.
Services will be introduced in three connection stages
We’ve designed the delivery of this project with the community in mind. Ensuring minimal disruption, while making sure the services are reliable from the start. All to provide the best value for the taxpayer.
We’ve since been looking at ways to deliver East West Rail with minimal disruption to local communities, while making sure the services are reliable from the start and giving the best value to the taxpayer.
To achieve this, we will be introducing services in three connection stages. Read more about them below, or watch our helpful video.Watch
Following confirmation of funding in the 2020 Spending Review, we’re now starting construction of the section between Bicester and Bletchley, delivered through the East West Rail Alliance. This will allow us to run trains from Oxford to Milton Keynes by 2025 (Connection Stage 1).
Delivering a reliable service for passengers is our top priority, and we are working with government to deliver the full Oxford-Milton Keynes connection from day one. We may though need to introduce the service to Bletchley first, and then extend to Milton Keynes as soon as we are satisfied it will be reliable for our customers.
Upgrades to Bletchley station have already begun, and a brand-new station will be built for communities at Winslow.
We are also working on a costed plan to run a reliable service from Aylesbury, so we can make the best possible case for Government to confirm that upgrade too.
After the Oxford to Bletchley/Milton Keynes connection is delivered, the next stage of East West Rail will see trains run from Oxford all the way to Bedford. Bedford station will be completely remodelled to support this.
The existing train line between Bletchley and Bedford will also need a significant upgrade, both to enable trains to reach Bedford, and so that trains can eventually run all the way to Cambridge
We are looking at different options to do this while minimising disruption. We will bring these options to the community through a consultation in early 2021.
After the Oxford to Bedford Connection is delivered, in the final stage of East West Rail services will run all the way from Oxford through to Cambridge, via Bedford.
We will be presenting options for the section between Bedford and Cambridge in a public consultation early in 2021.
Following consultation we will work with Government to unlock the next stage of funding to progress the project.
At East West Railway Company our role is to oversee construction of the project between Oxford and Bletchley - which is now underway. We're also designing the section of railway between Bletchley and Cambridge.Learn more
Questions about how you may be affected?
The East West Rail Alliance are delivering this section of the railway, with our oversight. For day-to-day enquiries about the work and how you might be affected, please contact:
- Email: [email protected]
- Phone: 03457 11 41 41