This page is subject to update as more information becomes available: last update 8th July 2020
Network Rail and East West Rail
[UPDATE 8th July] As a result of combined efforts with other parish councils and Bucks Councillors along the route, between Winslow and here we have today been copied into an email from the Chief Executive Office of East West Railway Company Limited Simon Blanchflower CBE.
He has said: The EWR team and I understand the criticality of earning and building the trust of the communities we serve and understand that any disruption caused – including the temporary closures of footpaths to allow safe access for machinery and vegetation clearance - must be justified and minimised. We also recognise that as we enter summer and the situation with Covid-19 unfolds, all of our public spaces, including footpaths ... have taken on a new significance, and maintaining connectivity ... throughout your local area is of interest to us all.
I spoke to the Project Team about the issue last week. I’m glad to say that following earlier feedback from the community they have instigated a review of our approach to footpaths and to the signage used to give detail – they will also be reviewing and enhancing their targeted communications in this respect. While this work must be conducted in a safe and controlled way, the team and I are hopeful of reducing the length of the closures to allow more community access.
We are passionate about developing a railway which best serves people living and working between Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge, with communities and customers at its core. We will continue to work closely with local communities and the local authorities to deliver appropriate infrastructure to support local aspirations."
[UPDATE 4th July] We had very positive meeting with Buckinghamshire Council yesterday (3rd July). Following this we had feedback from them before a special parish council meeting held at 4 pm yesterday afternoon.
Before our meeting Buckinghamshire Council had recognised that complaints were justified, saying:
"We do agree that the information that has been provided in advance of the road and Public Rights of Way (PRoW) closures to the public has been inadequate and we consider that the PRoW closures are excessive. We are now working to reduce the scale of the closures."