BFARe Latest News

Richard Fuller MP holds an Adjournment Debate in Parliament on East West Rail and North East Bedfordshire

BFARe Issues Formal Response to the EWRco 2021 Consultation

BFARe Letter to Bedford Borough Council for 2nd of June Meeting Re: Bedford Borough Council’s Handling of East West Rail Consultations

BFARe FACT CHECK recent Bedford Borough Council Meetings

BFARe’s Mike Barlow interviewed on 3 Counties Radio – Andy Collins Show

BFARe STATEMENT: Council Calls For Protection of Homes North of Bedford Station


BFARe Latest News and Research: Join the Campaign!

BFARe has been looking into whether judicial review could be used to force EWRCo to reconsider their choice of Route E. We have now consulted our barrister, who is experienced in major infrastructure projects like this one. Whilst the unexplained discrepancies in route costs between 2019 and 2020 could be of legal concern, now is no the time to raise a legal challenge. Our barrister believes there may be further opportunities for a legal challenge once the route alignment is published.

Now is not the time to sit back, we must continue to press on and try to obtain information that can be used in our potential Judicial Review after the alignment announcements. Please click this link for the full report…

Route Selection Unanswered Questions: Richard Fuller MP replies to Constituent

Dear [redacted]

I recently must start by apologising for the very long delay in replying to your email. As you noted, I did receive a large amount of correspondence from constituents.

Unfortunately I had mislaid your email and so did not respond earlier as I was able to do with other constituents.

Perhaps I can update you on what actions I have taken as your MP. I have been facilitating meetings for local residents and Parish Councillors and over the past few weeks….

New Consultation is Based on a Flawed 2019 Consultation

BFARe states that the new public consultation released on 31st March 2021 is based upon a flawed Route Consultation from 2019 and is therefore invalid. We believe this to be true given the cost increases from the new proposal – which now require serious back-checking versus alternative routes.   We can only assume that East West Rail’s continued lack of transparency is deliberate. 

Read our presentation on the flawed 2019 Consultation and resulting correspondence with Chris Heaton-Harris here.

Google Earth map interpretation of the new East West Rail consultation route.

A new 3D google earth map showing the preferred East West Rail alignments out of Bedford. – courtesy of campaign member Jetinder Dhaliwal 

EWR’s second non-statutory consultation opens today, 31.03.2021

EWR has announced the next stage of public consultation on the East West Rail Project. You have until 09.06.2021 to read their proposals and express your views. – 31.03.2021

CPRE Bedfordshire working in partnership with BFARe

CPRE Bedfordshire, the countryside charity, are pleased to be working in partnership with the BFARe (Bedford For A Re-Consultation) campaign. – 22.03.2021

Brickhill Parish Council Rescinds Support for EWR – Route ‘E’

Brickhill Parish Council has written to East West Rail (EWR) to rescind its previous support for Route E – 22.03.2021

Meeting with Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister of State, Department for Transport and Richard Fuller MP

The BFARe campaign met Chris Heaton-Harris MP, Minister for Transport yesterday, set up by Richard Fuller MP – 17/03/2021