East West Railway consults communities over routes through the Arc

Cambridge station at night

Local communities are to be consulted by East West Rail in its development work around route alignment proposals for the Oxford to Cambridge Arc.

It follows the news this week that the UK government has identified the preferred East West Rail central section - Bedford to Cambridge - flagging this up as progress for the Arc. If approved the new rail line could present opportunities to boost the 'innovation corridor' and improve passenger access.

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