East West Rail – Public consultation opens on the Bedford-Cambridge line

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The East West Rail is a new railway line that will connect Oxford and Cambridge, linking them with Bicester, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and many communities in between. It will be constructed in two sections: the Western Section between Oxford and Bedford; and the Central Section between Bedford and Cambridge.

The Western Section will be delivered first by the reinstatement and upgrade of existing railway lines. In fact, such works between Oxford and Bicester were delivered in 2016. Major civil and engineering works for the remainder of the Western Section between Bicester and Bedford are due to start later this year.

Unlike the Western Section, the Central Section (between Bedford and Cambridge) will require an entirely new railway line and train station to be built. This is likely to have a significant impact on landowners, businesses and occupiers within this area.

Public Consultation

East West Rail has now unveiled five Bedford-Cambridge rail route options for public consultation. The consultation process, which is in its final stage, will end on Monday 11th March.

It is important that any potentially affected persons and businesses review the proposals and provide their comments to East West Rail.  It is far easier and better to let your voice be heard now during the consultation rather than after a final rail route has been decided and the statutory procedures for a Development Consent Order have started. You can read more about the rail route options here.

How Buckles can help

The Planning Team at Buckles Solicitors is experienced in the issues that may arise for landowners, businesses and occupiers affected by public infrastructure schemes. They will be able to guide you through the process to ensure your legal rights are protected, including bringing claims for blighted land and compensation under the compulsory purchase legislation at various stages. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you wish to discuss further.

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