The Department for Transport has revealed the strategic and economic case for phase 2 of the western section of East West Rail. Phase 2 builds up on the development of the route between London Marylebone and Oxford via Bicester by restoring the railway line between Bicester and Bletchley. A new railway station will open at Winslow.
The additional train services that are expected to run following the opening of EWR Phase 2 consists of:
2 passenger services per hour between Oxford and Milton Keynes
1 passenger service per hour between Oxford and Bedford
1 passenger service per hour between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes
The Benefit:Cost ratio for the project varies between 1.3 and 2.4 dependent on the assumptions made in the models.
Network Rail commenced enabling works in summer 2018. Civil works will ramp up in 2019 with works completed in 2024.