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BFARe Issues Formal Response to the EWR 2021 Consultation

BFARe is a community-based voluntary organisation comprising a group of nine Parish Councils along the Route E corridor between Bedford and the East Coast Mainline (ECML), together with Ward members from Bedford Borough Council; CPRE Bedfordshire; and many concerned residents. BFARe members have devoted considerable time and energy into investigating EWRCo’s proposals, based on their […]

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Fake News from the Lib Dems regarding destruction of Wixams homes

LIBERAL DEMOCRATS POST FAKE NEWS ON THEIR WEB SITE STATING HOMES ARE UNDER THREAT IF A SOUTHERN ROUTE IS CHOSEN The Liberal Democrats have posted a poll on their web site and have stated that 150 homes will need to be destroyed in Wixams if there is a Southern Route. We felt it necessary to […]

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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 […]

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BFARe FACT CHECK: Council Announces Consultation Report to EWR will Seek to Maximise Benefits and Minimise Impacts

“Council to Make Case to Government to Maximise Benefits of East West Rail for Residents and Minimise Impacts” “Council to Make Case to Government to Maximise Benefits of East West Rail for Residents and Minimise Impacts“ BFARe Comment: Why was this announcement, relevant to ALL Bedford Borough residents regardless of their political party, released as […]

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BFARe – Calling All Bedford Borough Residents – We Need Your Help – Now is The Time!

Please write to your Bedford Councillors! Please write letters to your Bedford councillors demanding they rescind their support for the destructive Northern Route E through Bedford! The next council meeting is JUNE 2nd – and we URGENTLY need your voice heard. Our BFARe letter writing guidance can be found here: https://bfare.org.uk/letter-writing-guidance/ You will find the […]

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Harpur Resident Letter to Councillors

Harpur Ward Letter: The REAL Cost of Not Engaging Your Constituents R Duke Harpur Ward Councillor Colleen Atkins Councillor Louise Jackson Bedford Borough Council By E-MAIL colleenatkins@outlook.com louise.jackson@bedford.gov.uk 21st May 2021 RE: 2019 Harpur Ward Constituent Engagement during East West Rail Route Consultation Process Dear Councillors Atkins and Jackson, As a resident of Harpur ward, […]

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Residents Railroaded by Bedford Borough Council

Please find YouTube links at the end of this article to access each meeting. Bedford Borough Council recently openly invited Borough constituents to ask questions in an attempt at a two-way public meeting concerning the East West Rail’s preferred route through Bedford as part of the Oxford to Cambridge Railway Arc.   What occurred was, at […]

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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 an interview with Simon Blanchflower, Director of East West Rail. Listen here for the full interview.

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Recent Election Results – A Sign of the Times?

Local Political Leaders who Supported and Lobbied East West Rail Were Voted Out Regardless of Party BFARe Campaigner Adam writes to Simon Blanchflower, Director of East West Rail… “I write to you with regards to your engagement with England’s Economic Heartland, local authorities and the recent local elections. It is striking how many leaders who […]

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BFARe Statement –

COUNCIL CALLS FOR PROTECTION OF HOMES NORTH OF BEDFORD STATION Bedford Borough Council have just revealed a technical report they recently commissioned from SLC Rail which purports to disprove the need for the 2 new discrete tracks to the north of Midland Road Station proposed by EWR Co in their current Consultation documentation.  BFARE welcomes […]