Funding awarded for part of new East-West Rail line

Piling work at Bletchley
Piling work at Bletchley

The UK Government has announced funding for a section of the new East-West rail line between Oxford and Bletchley/Milton Keynes.

The section is the first phase of the East-West railway project which will join Oxford and Cambridge.

The funding means that work can begin on the project with the section between Oxford and Bletchley expected to open in 2025.

East West Rail Line Phase 1 & 2 Map
East West Rail Line Phase 1 & 2 Map

The new connections along the line, which connects to other mainline railways at Oxford (GWR), Bletchley (West Coast Mainline), Aylesbury (Chiltern) and Bedford (Midland Mainline), will provide opportunities for people right across the area by making it cheaper and easier to travel around the region and connect to the UK’s major cities.

It will also stimulate growth in towns and cities outside of London.

East West Rail Phase 2 Map
East West Rail Phase 2 Map

East-West in Three Phases

  • Connection Stage One: Oxford to Bletchley and Milton Keynes
  • Connection Stage Two: Oxford to Bedford
  • Connection Stage Three: Oxford to Cambridge

The government has committed £760m to the project.