Councillors urge rail boss to keep East West link on track

East West Rail
East West Rail

Conservative councillors have voiced concerns about a £50m plan to connect Oxford and Aylesbury with Bletchley, Milton Keynes and Bedford.

The East-West rail link won government approval in 2011, but now a review by Network Rail Chairman Sir Peter Hendy suggests deferring the Bicester to Bedford section, including a new station at Winslow, until 2022.

The Aylesbury to Milton Keynes connection could be put back another two years and a further two-year delay is on the cards for connections to Princes Risborough.

“This proposed delay is really disappointing” said Councillor Sue Renshell, Conservative District Councillor for Winslow.

“The planned new station would connect the beautiful Buckinghamshire market town to East Anglia, Central, Southern and Western England.

“Buckinghamshire is a great place to live, work and run a business”, Sue adds, “In Aylesbury Vale we’re one of the south-east’s success stories.

“We combine the best of town and country living and have grown dramatically over the past 20 years. But if our past and future growth is to be sustainable, we need rail bosses to keep their promises on infrastructure investment.”

Councillor John Chilver, Conservative County Councillor for Winslow, said “This delay of up to seven years could have knock on effects for the delicate balance of our current priorities.

“Local Conservatives have been working hard to get the mix right between preserving what’s best about our area, investment in infrastructure, and sustainably meeting the demand for space for people to live - and for businesses to thrive and grow.”