East West Rail: Select the Best Route for Bedford

BFARe is a grassroots campaign comprised of Parish Councillors, Bedford Borough Councillors and concerned residents. We believe East West Rail’s 2019 public consultation was flawed and the resulting preferred route is not the best East-West / Oxford to Cambridge rail route for Bedford.
*Our name means: Bedford For A Re-Consultation.

We are working with the concerned parties to do research, provide information and gain support for our campaign for a Better Route for Bedford.


BFARe has developed guidance to assist the public in responding to the current East West Rail non-statutory Route Alignment Consultation ending on 9th June 2021.
Please click this link to access the BFARe Guidance.


BFARe has developed leaflets, garden signs and banners to help raise awareness of the current route issues.

Please click this link to download and print our low resolution leaflets to help spread awareness through your own communities.

Click on the picture below to find out more about our leaflets, garden signs and banners and how to download or order them.


East West Rail: Re-Run a Shortlisted Route Options Consultation

The BFARe campaign is petitioning for the original 2019 Bedford to Cambridge route selection process to be re-run.   The re-consultation needs thorough notification to all households affected. It must focus on the best environmental outcome. 


East West Rail: Run an Open Whole Life Environmental Assessment

The BFARe campaign is petitioning for Full Life Environmental Impact to be prioritised.  Delicate country ecosystems and wildlife habitats must be avoided.


East West Rail: Provide Comparative Costings on a Level Playing Field Basis

The BFARe campaign demands East West Rail undertake a detailed and fully transparent re-calculation of the route assessment criteria on a level playing field basis including costs.


East West Rail: Provide Full Disclosure of Freight Plans

We need a publicly available, detailed re-calculation of route assessment criteria on a level playing field basis.


BFARe on BBC 3 Counties

Interview with BFARe’s Mike Barlow and the Director of East West Rail BFARe’s Mike Barlow was interviewed on the Andy Collins show immediately followed by…
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Images by Jetinder Dhaliwal. Images are based on the EWR consultation documentation published in March 2021 and may not reflect the final route. They are for illustrative purposes ONLY.