Milton Keynes’ MP’s have praised a government decision to provide extra funding on the East West Rail project.
The government has announced plans to invest £760million in the project towards re-opening the railway line between Oxford and Cambridge, which closed in the 1960’s.
The project is currently working on reinstalling tracks between Bicester and Bletchley, adding to a restoration of an Oxford-Bicester link that opened in 2016.
This part of the project is expected to create 1,500 new jobs, with the plans including the construction of new stations at Winslow and Bletchley, as well as enhancements to existing stations along the route.
The project has an opening date of 2025, with a service plan of two trains per hour to run between Oxford and Milton Keynes via Bletchley.
This investment marks an important milestone in the delivery of East West Rail, which will provide better connectivity along the Oxford-Cambridge arc and shorten journey times between routes outside of London which will stimulate economic growth.
Iain Stewart, MP for Milton Keynes South, said, “I have been campaigning for East West Rail for years and I am thrilled by this latest phase of investment.
“Residents in Bletchley can already see preparatory work under way. The reopening of this railway will be a huge boost for our area, and the Government’s additional Towns Fund investment in Bletchley will help us reap the maximum benefit.”
Ben Everitt, MP for Milton Keynes North, added, “This is fantastic news. Milton Keynes is right at the heart of the Oxford-Cambridge Arc and this extra connectivity means we will be able to strengthen our position as a business hub.
“At the General Election I stood on a Conservative manifesto of levelling up and improving infrastructure and that’s exactly what we’re doing by improving our railway links.”