Why are we doing this?

Our two lead transport civil engineers have worked with national agencies in many other countries and have never experienced such a lack of joined up thinking as here in the UK. 

Alarmed by this they began to research the current proposals. The East West Rail (EWR) is a project that is gaining momentum yet the East West Rail Company, tasked with the delivery and operation of the EWR, is being pushed to progress the project. EW Rail appears not to be able to wait for the involvement of the other agencies in charge of roads and housing so appears to be pushing ahead with the fastest and cheapest rail option to connect Cambridge to Bedford. We believe this is a mistake. 

Any major new infrastructure is challenging yet our Civil Engineers have seen time and time again that new roads are often put alongside new railways in a multi-modal corridor. Costs can be shared, multiple transport options provided and planning blight minimised. So why not is this not being considered for the EWR? The current proposal does not serve the people and will not address the ever growing traffic issues in our region.
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.”

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“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.”
Aidan Van de Weyer
(Deputy Leader, South Cambridgeshire District Council)