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.
Aidan Van de Weyer
(Deputy Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council)
“The vitality of the Cambridge – Milton Keynes – Oxford corridor is crucial to the future prosperity of the whole country. We need to make bold investments in infrastructure to support that growth and make it sustainable. The East West Railway is the most important piece of the jigsaw, so we've got to work together and get it right by looking at what all the options can bring.”