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Changes have been made to the original programme

Following the passing of HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and in line with guidance from the Government on consultation activity over the period of national mourning, East West Railway Company (EWR Co) has rescheduled a public live chat event that was set to take place on Saturday 17 April, to Saturday 24 April.

Following feedback from the public, a change has also been made to an event planned for 12 May. This is for people with an interest in the Bedford consultation proposals, the time has moved from 11-12pm to an evening session between 7-8pm.

All other public online live chats and webinars will go ahead as planned.

EWR Co has also launched an interactive web-based tool, creating a virtual space in which people can learn more about plans to deliver the rail scheme connecting communities between Oxford, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge.

The rooms, which can be accessed from a computer, tablet or mobile phone, cover the seven key areas of the East West Rail public consultation, launched on the 31 March, and running until 9 June. The rooms will focus on proposals for:

  • Oxford to Bicester
  • Bletchley and the Marston Vale Line
  • Bedford
  • Clapham Green to The Eversdens
  • Harlton to Hauxton
  • The Shelfords to Cambridge
  • Customer Experience and Railway Operations

The virtual consultation rooms contain personalised banners and fact sheets, a welcome video, and access to documents and maps.

They also include an online feedback form to allow people to provide EWR Co with instant feedback which will be captured and saved for analysis as part of the consultation.

Weekly two-hour live chat events will be held throughout the consultation. There will be experts on-hand to answer questions as visitors look around the materials, emulating traditional face-to-face events.

EWR Co is also hosting a series of public webinars for people who have an interest in proposals for specific locations along the East West Rail route.

Two Customer Experience and Railway Operations webinars will give visitors the opportunity to find out how they, as future customers, can help to shape their customer experience through railway infrastructure and station and train design.

People who are not online, or are not comfortable in an online setting, can call EWR Co on 0330 1340067.

Webinar and live chats schedule

By visiting the virtual consultation rooms on the dates below, visitors will be able to use an online chat function to ask questions of experts at EWR Co:

Public live chat week 1

Tuesday 13 April 2pm – 4pm

Public live chat week 2

Wednesday 21 April 10am – 12pm

Public live chat week 3

Saturday 24 April 2pm – 4pm

Public live chat week 4

Monday 26 April 10am – 12pm

Public live chat week 5

Tuesday 4 May 6pm – 8pm

Public live chat week 6

Thursday 13 May 10am – 12pm

Public live chat week 7

Saturday 22 May 10am – 12pm

Public live chat week 8

Monday 24 May 2pm – 4pm

Public live chat week 9

Saturday 29 May 2pm – 4pm

Public live chat week 10

Tuesday 1 June 6pm – 8pm

EWR Co is also hosting public webinars for people who have an interest in proposals for specific locations along the East West Rail route. Links to all the webinars can be found at East West Rail Consultation.  

Oxford to Bicester

Tuesday 13 April 10am – 11am

Friday 14 May 11am – 12pm

Bletchley and the Marston Vale Line

Tuesday 13 April 7pm – 8pm

Thursday 13 May 2pm – 3pm

Bedford

Wednesday 14 April 2pm – 3pm

Wednesday 12 May 7pm – 8pm

Clapham Green to The Eversdens

Thursday 15 April 11am – 12pm

Tuesday 11 May 2pm – 3pm

Harlton to Hauxton

Thursday 15 April 7pm-8pm

Tuesday 11 May 11am – 12pm

The Shelfords to Cambridge

Friday 16 April 11am – 12pm

Monday 10 May 7pm – 8pm

Two further webinars will give visitors the opportunity to find out how they, as future customers, can help to shape their customer experience through railway infrastructure, and, station and train design.

Customer Experience and Railway Operations

Wednesday 14 April 7pm – 8pm

Saturday 15 May 2pm – 3pm