David thought that you might be interested in the consultations on East West Rail in the coming weeks that are listed below:
"The East West Rail phase 2 project is proposing to improve the railway between Oxford and Bedford, and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury by upgrading disused and underused rail track to provide a new rail link between these important conurbations, and provide additional routes for passengers. On completion, this new rail link will connect the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland Main Lines north of London and become a vital strategic rail link in Britain’s rail network.
In July and August 2017 Network Rail consulted on plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed sections of line linking Bedford-Bicester and Milton Keynes-Aylesbury as part of the East West Rail Western Section Phase 2 project. We will require statutory powers under a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) granted by the Secretary of State for Transport in order to construct, maintain and operate the project.
With your help, we’re working hard to speed up the journey from east to west, with reliable , more frequent trains connecting East Anglia and Central Southern and Western England.
Since our last round of consultation we have made some changes to the scope and delivery of the scheme in some areas, and will be holding a third round of public consultation to share these updates. The third round of consultation will take place from 12 January – 9 February 2018.
We will be holding a number of public events in areas where the project has changed the greatest to give local communities and local residents a chance to view our plans and talk to members of the project team about these changes. The project team will be available at all events to answer any queries.
These events will take place at the following times and venues: