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East West rail consortium

Information and latest news about the East West rail link.

The complete East West Rail scheme comprises a strategic rail route that will link Ipswich, Norwich and Cambridge, with Letchworth, Bedford, Milton Keynes, Bicester and Oxford, allowing connections to Swindon, the Thames Valley, South West England and South Wales, together with a spur to Aylesbury.

The route will connect the ports of Felixstowe and Harwich with the Great Eastern, East Coast, Midland, West Coast and Great Western main lines without the need to travel on congested tracks around North London. It also provides an extra route for north-south intermodal traffic from the port of Southampton.

The route links the strategic growth areas along the M11 corridor, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Bedford, as well as Oxford, and provides a connection across the important Oxford 2 Cambridge "high tech arc".

The whole concept of East West Rail has some parallels with the M25, in that it provides an orbital route around London which both passenger and freight services will use for short, medium and long distances.

For more information visit the East West Rail Consortium website

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