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 and London Marylebone: an extension of the existing service between Marylebone and Aylesbury Vale Parkway with stops anticipated at Bletchley, Winslow, Princes Risborough and High Wycombe.
Western Section Phase 1
This phase upgrades the rail connection between Oxford and Bicester. A new section between Oxford Parkway and Bicester opened in October 2015.
The final stage of Phase 1 of the Western Section, to finish the work on the section that links Oxford and Oxford Parkway, completes in December 2016, with the new line opening between Oxford and Oxford Parkway.
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.
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.
The first public consultation for the Western Section Phase 2 took place in September and October 2015. This consultation was open to all and invited people to view, discuss and give feedback on the initial plans.
The second round of consultation will be rescheduled, due to the announcement of a snap General Election on 8 June 2017. New consultation events details will be published in due course.