Board formed to push £250 million rail plan forward

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Plans for a new rail link between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes are moving forward, thanks to the creation of a board to oversee the scheme.

The £250 million East West Rail line, which features a brand new station in Winslow, will open in 2017 and run between Oxford and Bedford.

east west rail map

east west rail map

There will be stops in Bicester, Bletchley and Winslow – which will be joined to a spur line running down to Aylesbury Parkway and town centre stations.

Peter Hardy, the cabinet member for transport at Bucks County Council, is the newly-appointed chairman of the East West Rail Joint Delivery Board.

He said: “Local authorities along this route formed the East West Rail consortium in 1995, with a shared aim to introduce high quality train services to link centres of economic activity and to support economic development in the region.

“The economic, social and environmental benefits of this railway are considerable.

“It will enable more journeys by rail - that are fast, clean and efficient – and provide a real alternative to journeys on our congested roads.

“This in turn will make the region more attractive to existing and prospective businesses and we anticipate some additional 12,000 jobs will be created within the area as well as new housing developments.

“Businesses will have access to a wider and more mobile workforce, which is good news for businesses and workers alike.”

After 2017, officials will aim to link the line with Cambridge.

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