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EWR Route E Will Cause Irreversible Damage to Town and Countryside

The EWR Proposal is NOT fit for purpose New Petition Launched Calling for an Independent Review of EWR Project BFARe and Cambridge Approaches have created a new petition asking government to “Pause plans for Oxford-Cambridge rail link pending a full, independent review” of the East West Rail project. The petition states “We do not want […]

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BFARe critique Bedford Borough’s report on the alternative EWR Alignments

 Summary  The Mayor of Bedford Borough, Tom Wootton, convened a Council meeting on 6th February 2024 to present the findings of three consultant reports that compare alternatives to the EWRCo preferred route through Bedford and out across north Bedfordshire countryside. These reports were from Systra, SLC Rail and JBA.  In his summary report, Jon Shortland, […]

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The secret East West Rail Economic Growth Board deciding your future

The National Audit Office report on EWR revealed the existence of an HM Treasury officer-led EWR economic growth board. But the public is not allowed to see who is on the board nor are we allowed to see their meeting minutes. Secrecy rarely leads to good decisions, and this unaccountable board and its meetings are […]

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East West Rail Value is Based on Wishful Thinking

Cambridge Approaches and BFARe believe the Department for Transport (DfT) claims of EWR-related economic growth involve a dark world of wishful thinking. The onus is on DfT to justify spending vast amounts of public money – another £7-8 billion to go just on the railway construction. We are at least 10 years in to analysing […]

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BFARe Meeting with Beth West – EWR CEO

25 October, 2023 BFARe met Beth West, CEO of EWRCo and former Commercial Director of HS2 Ltd, on 25th October. BFARe sought an explanation as to why EWR had failed to consider our objections to Route E/Alignment in their Route Update Announcement released May 2023. To summarise the outcome of the meeting: Background In May […]

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EWR Rejection Delivered to Rail Minister

Press Release 11th September, 2023 A declaration of opposition to East West Rail was delivered to Huw Merriman, Rail Minister, on Sept 6, 2023. This declaration was signed by elected officials across the region who represent 200,000 residents impacted by the EWR project. The rejection of EWR represents a significant shift in official opinion regarding […]

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How Bedford Blight Serves the East West Rail Project

Construction Blight, Removal of Hospital Parking, Unbridled Greenfield Homebuilding 18th August, 2023 The diesel East West Railway is an inefficient and antiquated Victorian transport solution without merit for modern ecological inter-city travel. The Victorians themselves chose a straight flat route between Oxford & Cambridge, not the hilly, bendy and costly Route E as confirmed in […]

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Declaration of Opposition to the East West Rail Route Proposal

Request for Declaration Signatures – Deadline 4th September 2023 We are a group of parish councils, councillors, environmental groups, campaign groups and residents of Bedfordshire, Huntingdonshire and Cambridgeshire. We write this declaration in response to the East West Rail Bedford to Cambridge Route Update Announcement dated 26th May 2023. If you are opposed to the […]

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Route E is the Worst Choice to Serve Our Community

BFARe Response to EWR Route Alignment Announcement Press Release – May 26th, 2023 BFARe is a grassroots campaign. Our members and supporters are Bedford Borough Parish and Ward Councillors and thousands of concerned Bedford Borough residents. BFARe firmly believes East West Rail Route E is the worst route to serve our community. It is not […]

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March for the Bedfordshire COUNTRYSIDE – Join us on our Protest Walk

Please join BFARe and CPRE Bedfordshire. We are marching on MARCH 26TH at noon CLAPHAM in protest of the destruction of our Bedfordshire Greenfields! BFARe demands that the government reconsider the destructive Route E for East West Rail. Now is the time to make a stand for the beautiful and accessible countryside in Bedfordshire and […]

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