Home Rail News Locals back East West Railway

Locals back East West Railway

The East West Rail Consortium has confirmed an investment of £45 million in the scheme to re- instate the railway between Bedford, Milton Keynes, Aylesbury and Oxford.

Janet Blake of Buckinghamshire County Council says local authorities in the East West Rail Consortium will contribute the money despite financial pressure. In July 2012, the Department for Transport said it would support the scheme to upgrade and re- open sections of the former ‘Varsity Line’ in its 2014 to 2019 five year-spending plan if local leaders came up with a significant financial contribution.

Says Janet Blake, ‘Our investment in East West Rail, when all local authority budgets are under such pressure, demonstrates the importance of this scheme and our confidence in the substantial economic, social and environmental benefits it will bring.’

Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, stressed the importance of East West Rail as a catalyst for economic growth and job creation, as well as reducing road congestion. ‘By joining Oxford, the science parks, Milton Keynes, Bedford and beyond, you’re connecting the nerve centres of the British economy, the places that will keep our economy growing. East West Rail is unlocking this enormous potential and making the whole region more attractive for inward investment from the UK and abroad.’

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Recommended

Help in hard times

What can you buy for £1? You could pick up a couple of pints of milk. A chocolate bar, or two, if...

RailStaff Awards: From one family to another

In its 130-year history, Bollé has grown from a small cottage-based business in the French Alps to one of the world’s leading...

Tomorrow’s trains

The fruits of a booming uk rolling stock market were on show at Railtex as suppliers and major manufacturers promoted innovative new...

Diversity and inclusion: The shape of things to come

How the organisation developing the UK's new high-speed rail network is changing the industry's diversity and inclusion practices

More than just an awards ceremony

If you’ve been to the RailStaff Awards, you’ll understand it’s an event like no other.  Not only does it...