Direct rail link between High Wycombe and Milton Keynes planned
Date: 14/1/2013New rail links which will allow passengers to travel direct between High Wycombe and Milton Keynes have been outlined in new plans.
The western section of the East West rail link is expected to be completed by 2017 and will connect locations between Bedford and Oxford.
Part of the plans is to put the line north of Aylesbury, which is currently freight-only, into use for passenger services, with a train every hour between south Buckinghamshire and Milton Keynes.
It will take 63 minutes to travel the whole route, with trains calling at Princes Risborough, Monks Risborough, Little Kimble, Aylesbury Vale Parkway, a new station at Winslow and Bletchley on the line between High Wycombe and Milton Keynes.
Passengers will then be able to link up with the West Coast Mainline, as well as employment, shopping and leisure facilities, the (EWRC) East West Rail Consortium has said.
Peter Hardy, County Councillor, said: "The economic, environmental and social benefits of the East West Rail link to the areas it serves in Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Bedfordshire and beyond should not be underestimated.
"It will also support the creation of some 12,000 jobs and boost annual regional gross domestic product by £38 million."
The project has been allocated £270 million in government funding to better connect Milton Keynes, which has been described as the fastest growing city in England.
Currently disused routes and freight lines through Claydon and Bletchley, which are to be brought back into service, may also be electrified under the plans.
Meanwhile a number of other rail links are set to be introduced, with the EWRC aiming to re-open a route between Bedford and Cambridge.
This will be dependent on evidence that it will benefit local communities, so research is being carried out to analyse the potential impact.
Another project which was given the go-ahead in October will see a line between High Wycombe and Oxford set up by 2015.
Posted by Mary Treen
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