Five possible routes for the new direct rail line between Bedford and Cambridge have been published and now local people are being asked to give their views on the options.
The East West Rail Company says the new line is expected to be built by the mid-2020s and will complete the link between Oxford and Cambridge, passing through Bedford.
While the section between Oxford and Bedford can use older, currently disused, rail lines, the route from Bedford and Cambridge will need an entirely new rail line.
A six-week consultation, running until 11 March, is now in place to find out which route for the new route residents would most like to see.
Of the five possible routes:
- Two will use the existing station at Midland Road, the other three would use a new ‘Bedford South’ station which may be the proposed Wixams station.
- The overall route options include three that will take a southern route via Bassingbourn and two that take a northern route via Cambourne.
- New stations along the way could also be built in Cambourne, St Neots, Sandy, Tempsford and Bassingbourn.
Simon Blanchflower, East West Rail Company’s Chief Executive said: “Bedford, Cambridge and the communities in between need the right kind of infrastructure to support them…
“We’d like as many people as possible to give us their views and are grateful to everyone who takes the time to help us as we design this crucial piece of infrastructure for the area.”
Meanwhile, Councillor Mark Shaw, Chairman of the East West Rail Consortium, said: “It’s crucial that people now give their views on the proposals so that the best possible route can be taken forward.”
You can make your views known and take part in the consultation at eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay
**Correction added to clarify where the new South Bedford station would be**