East West Rail tracklaying nears completion

Tracklaying concluded on EWR: the team stands in front of the New Track Construction Train after its final duty on the new railway. East West Rail

A New Track Construction train has completed its last work on East West Rail, meaning initial track laying on the Bicester-Bletchley link is now complete.

Final welding, stressing and tamping is set to be conducted in early 2024, with signalling and telecommunications installation also said to be well under way. This phase will be followed by dynamic train testing ahead of the route’s planned opening in 2025, linking Oxford, Bletchley and Milton Keynes by direct rail services for the first time in more than 50 years. 

Elsewhere on the route, platform shelters are being installed at Winslow station, and accessible lifts are being installed on the new footbridge, while at Bletchley high level platforms, cladding is being installed on the building’s exterior and the footbridge and accessible lift linking the two new platforms to the main station are now also in place.