East West Rail – Central Section

The benefits of the proposed rail link from East West Rail Western Section to Cambridge

Easier journeys across Britain

The new Central Section will improve rail transport between the Bedford area and Cambridge and provide a direct rail service between Oxford and Cambridge. A typical train journey between these two vibrant cities can currently take two and a half to three hours; initial journey time predictions for are direct route are one to one and a half hours.

Reduced journey times and increased journey options will also provide access to wider affordable housing and a growing jobs market in Oxford, Cambridge, Bedford, Milton Keynes and Sandy. The new Central Section will help people and goods to move around the region by supporting the existing economy and encouraging future investment.

Anglia LNE and EM Western east west rail central section map preferred corridor

For more information on Central Section and route options please visit https://eastwestrail.co.uk/the-project/central-section