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BFARe Letter to Bedford Borough Council Re: Their Handling of East West Rail Public Consultations

BFARe Letter to Bedford Borough Council in advance of the upcoming June 2nd, 2021 meeting

An excerpt from our letter….

“The current route alignment consultation through Bedford and North Bedfordshire stems from the 2019 Route selection consultation by EWRCo. This 2019 consultation was flawed for many reasons:

  • Lack of adequate communication with impacted residents
  • Unexplained and uncommunicated cost changes pre and post consultation
  • Hidden and vague information regarding the aspirations for freight
  • A Cambridge focussed consultation

BBC should have taken into account the views and concerns of residents at every stage of the process.  But until 2021, there was no public consultation, no public debate and no full council vote.  For a project such as this, that includes demolishing over a hundred residents’ homes and negatively affecting thousands of peoples’ daily lives, it shows a disgraceful disregard for transparency and democratic process.”