Bedford to Cambridge Preferred Route Option

The preferred route option between Bedford and Cambridge (download PDF, 2MB)


The section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge will be an entirely new railway.

It will be the last section of the route we build because unlike the earlier sections between Oxford and Bedford, it involves laying brand new tracks rather than upgrading existing infrastructure. Passengers will be able to start using this final section by 2030.


Choosing a preferred route option

In 2019 we consulted communities on five potential route options for this section of East West Rail. The consultation was well attended, and almost 7,000 people gave feedback to the consultation, at public events and online.


120,000+ postcard notifications

3,500+ visitors to our events

6 weeks of public consultation

8 public events

6,988 responses

5 route options



The feedback and observations we received from the community were critical in the decision-making process, which led to the selection of Route Option E as the Preferred Route Option. It leaves Bedford from the north, and will call at two new stations, one for Sandy and St Neots, the other for Cambourne, before joining Cambridge from the South.

This option was the most popular at our 2019 consultation. It is the most environmentally friendly route option and offers the best value for money for the tax payer.

Key documents about the consultation and preferred route option can be found on the right hand side of the page, including the 2019 Consultation Document and the 2020 Preferred Route Option Summary Document. You can also find more information about the 2019 consultation here, and the preferred route option here.


Next steps

At this stage, we're now we’re working on detailed design work to define the exact alignment of the tracks.

This work involves a lot of surveying of the area. If you live along the line of route, or you’re a local landowner, you can find out more about how we’ll work with you to conduct these surveys on our land and property page.

Once we’ve designed options for the exact alignment of the new railway, we’ll be back to consult you again. In early 2021 you can have your say on the detailed options for the route alignment.

You don’t have to wait for an official consultation to give us your views. Why not ask a question below? Or you can contribute to one of the other topics on our Community Hub.


The preferred route option between Bedford and Cambridge (download PDF, 2MB)


The section of East West Rail between Bedford and Cambridge will be an entirely new railway.

It will be the last section of the route we build because unlike the earlier sections between Oxford and Bedford, it involves laying brand new tracks rather than upgrading existing infrastructure. Passengers will be able to start using this final section by 2030.


Choosing a preferred route option

In 2019 we consulted communities on five potential route options for this section of East West Rail. The consultation was well attended, and almost 7,000 people gave feedback to the consultation, at public events and online.


120,000+ postcard notifications

3,500+ visitors to our events

6 weeks of public consultation

8 public events

6,988 responses

5 route options



The feedback and observations we received from the community were critical in the decision-making process, which led to the selection of Route Option E as the Preferred Route Option. It leaves Bedford from the north, and will call at two new stations, one for Sandy and St Neots, the other for Cambourne, before joining Cambridge from the South.

This option was the most popular at our 2019 consultation. It is the most environmentally friendly route option and offers the best value for money for the tax payer.

Key documents about the consultation and preferred route option can be found on the right hand side of the page, including the 2019 Consultation Document and the 2020 Preferred Route Option Summary Document. You can also find more information about the 2019 consultation here, and the preferred route option here.


Next steps

At this stage, we're now we’re working on detailed design work to define the exact alignment of the tracks.

This work involves a lot of surveying of the area. If you live along the line of route, or you’re a local landowner, you can find out more about how we’ll work with you to conduct these surveys on our land and property page.

Once we’ve designed options for the exact alignment of the new railway, we’ll be back to consult you again. In early 2021 you can have your say on the detailed options for the route alignment.

You don’t have to wait for an official consultation to give us your views. Why not ask a question below? Or you can contribute to one of the other topics on our Community Hub.


Your questions answered

Send us any questions you may have about the preferred route option, and we'll look into it for you. We try to deal with all enquiries quickly, usually within ten working days, though depending on the complexity of the question it may take a little longer. 

Please note that your question and our response may be published publicly below. If you would like to get in touch with us privately, please email us at contact@eastwestrail.co.uk 

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Page last updated: 17 November 2020, 17:02