East West Rail – Western Section

How this section of the East West Rail project will provide new journey opportunities between central, southern and western England

Development of this section – in two phases – will introduce direct rail passenger services between Bedford and Oxford, Milton Keynes and Oxford, and Milton Keynes and London Marylebone via Aylesbury.

Exciting new journey opportunities will include:

  • Oxford and Milton Keynes, stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow and Bletchley.
  • Oxford and Bedford: stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont.
  • Milton Keynes to Aylesbury with stops anticipated at  Aylesbury Vale Parkway,  Bletchley and Winslow. For London Marylebone passengers can travel from Aylesbury via the Amersham or High Wycombe route.
Western section phase 1 and 2 map

Western Section Phase 1

This phase completed in December 2016 and upgraded the rail connection between Oxford and Bicester. The first new section of railway, connecting Oxford Parkway and Bicester, opened in October 2015, with the section linking Oxford and Oxford Parkway completing in December 2016.

The project is part of the Chiltern Railways scheme to provide more choice for passengers wanting to travel from Oxford to London by introducing a new service between Oxford and London Marylebone.

Noise and vibration reports for phase 1

Western Section Phase 2

Phase 2 of the Western Section will upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed (no longer in use) sections of line that link Bedford with Bicester, and Milton Keynes with Princes Risborough. This phase is being funded by the Department for Transport with a contribution from the East West Rail Consortium.

This improvement project will mean that passengers and freight services can make the journey between Bedford on the Midland Mainline and Bicester on the Chiltern Mainline without needing to travel via London. It will also link Milton Keynes on the West Coast Mainline with London Marylebone on the Chiltern Mainline via Aylesbury.


Public Information Event

We held a public event on 5 December at the Memorial Hall in Woburn Sands to give information about our proposal for the School Crossing.

A copy of the information material is now available for download:

Woburn Sands School Crossing Boards


Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO)

Following our public consultations, we prepared a TWAO application which was submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport on 27 July 2018.

Further Environmental Information has been submitted to the Secretary of State for Transport on 16 November 2018. Representations about the further environmental information should be sent to the Secretary of State for Transport c/o Transport and Works Act Orders Unit, General Counsel's Office, Department for Transport, Zone 1/18, Great Minster House, 33 Horseferry Road, London SW1P 4DR, email transportandworksact@dft.gsi.gov.uk.


Any such representations MUST (i) be received by the Secretary of State on or before 28 December 2018, (ii) be made in writing (whether sent by post or email), (iii) state the grounds of the representation, (iv) indicate who is making the representation, and (v) give an address to which correspondence relating to the representation may be sent. (If you are sending your representation by e-mail, please provide a postal address and state "Network Rail East West Rail TWA Order" in the subject of the email.)


The Secretary of State may make complete copies of the objections and other representations public, including any personal information in them, and will copy them to the applicant for the Order.

Application documents

Contact us

If you have any questions you can email us ewrpublicinformation@networkrail.co.uk or call our 24-hour National Helpline on 03457 11 41 41.