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Your EWR Questions Answered

Answering your questions about EWR’s

Route Update People from across the route have been sending us their questions about the proposals we published last month. We’ve drawn together the most frequent questions, and asked the team to respond in a new series of videos and fact sheets – click on the links below for more information.

Please keep sending us your comments and questions to , or come to see the team at one of our Information Events.

Your Questions Answered

Part 1
In this video, Beth West, Chief Executive, answers questions including:
1. Why have you not published full business case?
2. Why haven’t you chosen a southern route out of Bedford?

Part 2
The second video answers questions including:
1. Has Aylesbury been dropped?
2. Why do we even need a new railway?

Questions from the Bedford event
Following our first drop-in event in Bedford, Hannah Staunton, Head of Communications, answers the most frequent questions:
1. Did you really properly assess the viability of the southern route out of Bedford?
2. What is the Need to Sell scheme?
3. Is EWR going to have freight running 18 hours a day?We’ll be uploading more videos to this series which can be viewed on our website.

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Is EWR really committed to environmental issues?Our latest proposals committed to an ambitious target of 10% biodiversity net gain across the whole Project. This builds on the success of work carried out along the length of the route from Bicester to Bletchley, where wildlife habitats are flourishing following successful ecological compensation measures.

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Why do you need to build two new tracks to the north of Bedford?

People have been asking whether it’s possible to run EWR services on the existing railway north of Bedford. Our new animation breaks down the key constraints, and explains how we came to the conclusion that two new tracks are needed to provide quick, reliable train travel for Bedford and communities beyond.

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Why is the southern approach to Cambridge the preferred option?

This new video draws together why we believe serving the Cambridge Biomedical Campus via the new station at Cambridge South, unlocking significant economic benefits for Cambridge and beyond, is the right choice.

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New Fact Sheets

We have published a range of new fact sheets on some of the topics you’ve been asking about most including:

EWR’s approach to freight
Powering EWR
EWR’s approach to the environment

Updated route maps

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