Learn more about East West Rail plan

The disused railway line at Winslow
The disused railway line at Winslow
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There’s a chance to find out more about the plans for East West Rail and Winslow’s new railway station, at next week’s meeting of the Winslow and District Local Area Forum (LAF).

The meeting, which begins at 7pm on Thursday, January 17, at the Winslow Centre, will hear a five-minute presentation from Patrick O’Sullivan of the East West Rail Consortium, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Questions should be submitted by Monday, January 14, to ewheaton@buckscc.gov.uk

East West Rail is a long-awaited project to re-open the mothballed Oxford to Bedford railway line.

And this week, Network Rail confirmed in its strategic business plan that East West Rail is among the £6 billion of enhancements that have been committed to.

The committed projects expenditure for East West Rail is listed as £362 million at 2012/13 prices.

Plans for East West Rail include a new railway station for Winslow.

People attending next week’s LAF meeting will learn about three different initial concepts for the station that are being considered.

A question has already been submitted on the siting of the new station.

Other questions submitted concern bridges, rights of way and the expected time period for construction work.

A spokesman for the East West Rail Consortium said: “We will give a brief presentation about East West Rail which will include the background to the scheme and an overview of the project.

“We welcome the opportunity to discuss plans and status of the East West Rail link with people in the Winslow area and to answer questions at this early stage in the project.”