East West Rail 2021 consultation: the Marston Vale line

Introduction This article looks at the extensive proposals to upgrade [EDIT] one of only two parts [/EDIT] of the Oxford to Cambridge route that is currently both in existence and open(ish) to traffic: the Marston Vale line, between Bedford and Bletchley. [The other being between Oxford and Bicester.] As it looks at a whole line,… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: the Marston Vale line

East West Rail 2021 consultation: Bedford St Johns station

The East West Rail consultation proposes a major revival for the second of Bedford’s railway stations, Bedford St Johns. However, there are options for what form it will take. The available options are shaped by the available spaces for new infrastructure, which in turn are dictated by the history of Bedford’s railways in that part… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: Bedford St Johns station

East West Rail 2021 consultation: a new Bedford station

For the second article looking at what East West Rail might mean for Bedford, we turn from the controversy surrounding the tracks north of Bedford station, to the station itself. It’s here that the wider benefits to Bedford of East West Rail really start to come into focus. Bedford station is unable to accommodate current… Read More East West Rail 2021 consultation: a new Bedford station

The case against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – is there anything in it?

This article summarises the various arguments put forward against the proposed route of the East West Rail link from Bedford to Cambridge – ‘Route E’, as it was designated in the consultation that ran from January to March 2019 – and considers whether they stack up. It focuses on the arguments relating to the railway,… Read More The case against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – is there anything in it?

The campaign against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – who, what, and why?

Last year, concluding this article analysing the selection of ‘Route E’ for the central section of East West Rail, going through Bedford and looping around the town to the north, Bedford Rail wrote: “The exact route has yet to be laid out on the ground, so expect a lot of local bunfights over exactly where… Read More The campaign against East West Rail ‘Route E’ – who, what, and why?