Plans to build the second phase of the Oxford to Cambridge East-West rail scheme have been submitted by Network Rail to the Secretary of State for Transport.
If approved it could mean, for the first time in 50 years, trains would run again between Oxford and Bedford and Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.
It has been hailed as a "significant milestone" by rail campaigners.
With consent, track and signalling upgrades could start in 2019.
A "mothballed" section of the track, between Bletchley and Claydon Junction, would be "brought back to life", said Network Rail.
The proposed routes are:
- Oxford to Milton Keynes, with trains stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow and Bletchley
- Oxford to Bedford, with trains stopping at Oxford Parkway, Bicester, Winslow, Bletchley, Woburn Sands and Ridgmont
- Milton Keynes to Aylesbury, with trains stopping at Bletchley, Winslow and Aylesbury Vale Parkway
Colin Murphy, from Network Rail, said: "Once completed, the new railway will connect communities and businesses along the route and beyond, creating new opportunities for jobs, housing and economic growth."
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