Concerns have been raised about three of the proposed routes for the new East West rail line and how they could affect plans for the highly-sought after Wixams train station.
However, the East West Rail Company says that if Wixams gets a train station it will most likely be the ‘Bedford South’ station spoken about in proposed routes: A, B and C.
Bedford’s Mayor, Dave Hodgson, raised concerns while commenting on the consultation of the routes, saying: “A station to the south of Bedford would delay or even threaten the already long-awaited Wixams station altogether.”
But, a spokesperson for the East West Rail company said: “If one of the three routes with a new station to the south of Bedford is chosen as the preferred route and Wixams station goes ahead, there would be a strong case for EWR using this new station…
“If Wixams does not go ahead, we would create a new station somewhere else in the broad area to the south of Bedford. We’ll continue to work closely with Network Rail and Bedford Borough Council as plans for a station at Wixams progress.”
Regardless, all leading political parties in Bedford say they believe the East West route, which will connect Oxford with Cambridge, should come through Bedford’s existing Midland Road Station.