Phase 2 of the East West Rail project has been given the go ahead after the Government announced funding of £48 billion for the country's railways.
The Government shake up is the largest rail modernisation programme since Victorian times as we look to improve reliability and punctuality, upgrade trains and allow passengers to benefit from quicker, more comfortable journeys.
Grant Shapps, the Transport Secretary, has confirmed East West Rail Phase 2 will benefit from the extra funding which will transform local rail services.
Phase 2 proposes major track and signalling upgrades between Bicester, Bedford, Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, including the reinstatement of a ‘mothballed’ section of railway between Bletchley and Claydon Junction.
The proposed works will see major improvements to local travel, with the phased introduction of new rail journeys between:
- Oxford and Milton Keynes, with trains stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow and Bletchley
- Oxford and Bedford, with trains stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont
- Milton Keynes and Aylesbury, with trains stopping at Bletchley, Winslow and Aylesbury Vale Parkway
I've campaigned for better railway experiences for my consituents in Milton Keynes North and I'm delighted we've managed to get this funding to see Phase 2 of the East West Rail project which will improve train journeys for so many people across MK.