MP backs Network Rail plans for Bedford-Oxford lineJan 09, 2013
Network Rail plans to spend £37.5bn on running and expanding Britain’s railway over the five years to 2019, boosting capacity at key pinch points on the network and providing 170,000 extra commuter seats at peak times by 2019.
Importantly for Milton Keynes, says Mr Stewart, the plan includes the reopening and electrification of the East West rail line between Bedford and Oxford via Bletchley. It comes on top of recent announcements by train operators Virgin and London Midland to increase the numbers of carriages on their trains, which will help to reduce overcrowding.
The plans are contained in Network Rail’s five-year strategic business plan, covering the period from 2014 to 2019, known as Control Period 5.
Mr Stewart, who represents Milton Keynes South and is a member of the Parliamentary Transport Select Committee, said: “Accessible and affordable transport links are very important to us as a city. I am pleased with this level of investment in our rail infrastructure which will deliver better services for passengers.”