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Boost for Aylesbury rail connection hopes Posted On 26 February 2021

Government’s £760million funding to improve East West Rail link could improve local connections

 

The announcement of funding for a new railway line could benefit local travellers and commuters. The Government has announced a £760million package to create a new link between Oxford, Milton Keynes and Bletchley, and there are hopes the proposals will also provide better connections for Aylesbury.

The current project is due to be completed by 2025 and is expected to create around 1,500 jobs and inject an estimated £1.1billion into the regional economy.

When completed, the line will provide better connectivity along the Oxford-Cambridge corridor as well as shorten journey times between routes outside London.

Councillor Sue Clark, who chairs the East West Rail Consortium, said in a statement: “We welcome the Government’s continued commitment, and this announcement means that in just a few years we will see the first East West Rail services from Oxford to Bletchley and Milton Keynes – a milestone worth celebrating.

“We look forward to having confirmation that Milton Keynes-Aylesbury and Bletchley-Bedford will be delivered as soon as possible.

“While each section brings its own benefits to the communities it serves, East West Rail’s full transformational potential will only be realised if it delivered in full.

“We will continue to press the case for the investment in these two sections, by working with the East West Railway Company to ensure their proposals meet the requirements of users and communities for decades to come.

“And we will continue to press the Government for an early decision on the investment that will allow these sections to be delivered as soon as possible.”

However, a spokesperson for East West Rail sounded a note of caution. They told The Bucks Herald: “We continue to explore our options on how to connect Aylesbury with our colleagues in the Department for Transport and Network Rail.

“The original plans would not have provided local communities with a reliable service and this section requires more investment than originally planned. There is further work to do to demonstrate to Government that this connection represents the best value for money for taxpayers.”

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