East West Railway – Central Section – between Cambridge and Bedford:
On 30 January 2020, EWR Co announced its Preferred Route as Option E through Cambourne.
While this is less destructive than Options A, C and E through Bassingbourn, Option E:
- fails to follow the transport corridor created by the existing and soon-to-be-upgraded A428 dual carriageway;
- fails to serve new developments at Bedford’s Wixam;
- fails to complement the new developments at St Neots;
- fails to serve the future new developments in the Cambourne area north of the A428;
- fails to connect with new developments at Northstowe/Oakington;
- fails to recognise the necessary coordination with other transport systems and associated housing, now and proposed;
- adversely affects natural habitats to an unnecessary extent, according to analysis by the Wildlife Trust;
- enters Cambridge from the south by joining the already congested line into Cambridge South (Addenbrookes) Station;
- and, by rejecting entry into Cambridge via under-utilised Cambridge North Station, condemns commuters to north Cambridge destinations from the Cambourne catchment to driving or to taking the C2C ‘guided-bus-to-nowhere’.
See our tabulated Comparison with CBRR’s Route and CBRR’s response to Chapter 16 (‘Approach into Cambridge’) of EWR Co’s Preferred Route Option Report . CBRR’s Route now enjoys even wider-spread support.
Heidi Allen MP (South Cambridgeshire):
“... East West Rail and the Expressway are well and truly on Government’s “to-do” list. At every opportunity I get, I reinforce the National Infrastructure Commission’s recommendation that their corridors must be aligned so that they serve both existing and emerging communities.”