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EEH and EWMLP joint response to NAO report

Joint statement from the Chair of the East West Main Line Partnership, Cllr Steven Broadbent and the Chair of England’s Economic Heartland, Cllr Liz Leffman on the NAO report. Due to the nature of its remit, the NAO report has a focus on the role of government and its agencies. It doesn’t capture the way […]

£3.8m grant will unlock 5G along East West Rail

Businesses and residents near East West Rail are set to benefit from world class 5G technology following a successful funding bid to government which was supported by England’s Economic Heartland and the East West Main Line Partnership. A consortium led by Oxfordshire County Councill, including Buckinghamshire, Central Bedfordshire, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire councils, won £3.8m from […]

EWMLP response to East West Rail route update

The government has today announced its route update for East West Rail as part of an ambitious life sciences package to support economic growth across the UK. It marks another important step towards making this transformational scheme a reality. Transport Secretary Mark Harper said: “The cities of Oxford and Cambridge are renowned across the globe […]

Government commits to East West Rail: Our response

In the Autumn Statement of 17 November the government recommitted to ‘transformative growth plans’ for rail including East West Rail, adding that ‘these will provide fast, more reliable services and connect people to new job opportunities’. Cllr Steven Broadbent, Chair of the East West Main Line Partnership, said: “The Chancellor’s announcement on the future of […]

Reaction to September 2022 ‘Mini-Budget’

Cllr Steven Broadbent, Chair of the East West Main Line Partnership, said: “We welcome the inclusion of East West Rail on the list of major infrastructure projects which the government wants to prioritise and accelerate to realise economic growth. East West Rail will sustainably unlock job opportunities for residents, drive UK economic growth and innovation, […]

Businesses back East West Rail to boost science, innovation and the UK economy

Businesses ranging from AstraZeneca to KPMG and the technology and science clusters in Begbroke, Silverstone, Westcott and Colworth Park all say that East West Rail cannot come soon enough. The region’s businesses and science and innovation parks and universities say the scheme, delivered in full to Cambridge and Aylesbury, will provide a crucial boost to […]

Partnership reacts to Union Connectivity Review

Responding to the publication of Sir Peter Hendy’s Union Connectivity Review, Cllr Steve Broadbent, Chair of the East West Main Line Partnership, said: “We welcome specific reference to East West Rail in Sir Peter’s report. The Review recognises the importance of the UK’s ‘smaller, fast growth cities’ – Norwich, Peterborough, Cambridge, Milton Keynes, Oxford and […]

Partnership chair reacts to Spending Review 2021

Cllr Steven Broadbent, Chair of the East West Main Line Partnership, said: “Government investment in East West Rail between Oxford and Bletchley means the first stage of this transformative scheme is due to open in 2025. The Spending Review was an opportunity to restate government’s commitment to East West Rail’s next phases of development, however […]

Spending Review 2021

The East Main Line Partnership has submitted its submission to the Spending Review 2021. Our letter to Minister of State for Transport, Chris Heaton-Harris, supports the submissions of England’s Economic Heartland and Transport East. It emphasises the critical importance of the Aylesbury-Milton Keynes link and of delivering Bletchley-Bedford as soon as possible, ahead of Bedford-Cambridge opening. It […]

East West Rail Consortium relaunches as the East West Main Line Partnership

The East West Rail Consortium, which has campaigned for the reinstatement of a railway between Oxford and East Anglia for more than 25 years, has relaunched as the East West Main Line Partnership. Established by local authorities in 1995, the Consortium has played a fundamental role in establishing the basis for the scheme, on which […]

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