Councillors in Buckinghamshire have agreed to put more pressure on the Government to fund a spur line off East West Rail to link Aylesbury with Milton Keynes.

Buckinghamshire Council’s full council meeting on July 21 unanimously approved a motion proposed by Cllr Mark Winn, who represents the ward of Aylesbury East and is chairman of the Aylesbury Community Board. As well as the spur line, he wants associated work to dual the track between Princes Risborough and Aylesbury and a new name for East West Rail.

Cllr Winn told the meeting: “We welcome the £760 million that the Government has announced it is investing in East West Rail and the 1,500 jobs it will create.

“However, we remain concerned that this recent funding announcement did not commit to the completion of the proposed spur between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. This spur was originally conceived as a key part of this project.

“So many residents in Bucks, not just in Aylesbury, but along the current route of the current Chiltern line in Buckinghamshire would benefit from the building of a North South railway along the entire length of the county and the dualling of track between Aylesbury and Princess Risborough.

“I am, therefore, urging Government to rename this line ‘the Buckinghamshire Line’ to reflect the significance to the whole of the county.

“The track is there, the need is there, but we now need the Government to put in the investment to get the trains running.”

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