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East West Rail is coming to and through Bedford

January 30, 2020 12:28 PM
Originally published by Dave Hodgson - Mayor of Bedford Borough
Councillor Michael Headley has led on East West Rail

Councillor Michael Headley has led on East West Rail

It has been announced that East West Rail will be stopping at Bedford Midland station, connecting the town directly to Cambridge and Oxford.

This 'Central Section' builds on the 'Western Section', connecting Oxford and Bicester with services through to Bedford.

This confirmation is excellent news for Bedford residents. Increased connectivity for our town will bring more opportunities to travel for work and leisure, as well as supporting our economic growth and prosperity, attracting businesses and jobs.

Recent modelling in the Bedford Borough Council Rail Strategy showed that East West Rail is forecast to bring over £20million of additional economic activity to our Borough. This could be additional investment, businesses, and jobs.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said "Bedford Borough Council recently launched a 'Rail Strategy for Bedford'; setting out our vision for Bedford Borough to be a great place to live, work and visit and to create a Borough that attracts international business and highly skilled and sustainable jobs. This announcement is the first step in the delivery of this Strategy, and places Bedford at the heart of this key new infrastructure. Our Rail Strategy demonstrates our commitment to improving rail infrastructure for the benefit of local residents and a vibrant local economy.

"I would like to say thank you to our officers for all their hard work and to Councillor Michael Headley, who has sat on the East West Rail Consortium for a decade successfully pushing the case for Bedford."