The East West Rail scheme will re-establish a rail link between Cambridge and Oxford to improve connections between East Anglia and central, southern and western England.
The proposed East West Rail route falls into three distinct sections:
- Western Section (Oxford to Bedford and Milton Keynes to London Marylebone via Aylesbury)
- Central Section (Bedford to Cambridge)
- Eastern Section (Cambridge to Norwich and Ipswich)
The East West Rail Consortium, a group of local authorities and strategic partners, was formed in 1995 with the objective of promoting and developing a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with central, southern and western England, to include the reinstatement of a Cambridge to Oxford rail link and an upgraded line to Aylesbury.