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 phase 1 and 2 map
East west rail, western section

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.

More information on Chiltern Services between Oxford and London can be found on the Chiltern Railways website.

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.

Public Inquiry

The Secretary of State appointed Martin Whitehead LLB BSc(Hons) CEng MICE to conduct an inquiry into our application.

The inquiry ended on 1 May 2019 and a decision will be made by the Secretary of State in 2019.

For further information and contact details relating to the public inquiry please visit:

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