East West Railway Company, the company responsible for delivering the new East West Rail connection between Oxford and Cambridge, has launched a new Community Hub on their website, encouraging local residents to get involved in how their new railway is developed.

The Community Hub’s aim is to increase communication and feedback between the developer and residents by enabling access to surveys and discussions, whilst also allowing people to ask questions and see access information relating to their local area.

The Hub includes four fantastic features, encouraging people to:

  • Improve journeys for everyone by telling the EWR Co Customer Experience team their best and worst travel experiences so EWR Co can get it right from the start
  • Feed into a definitive history of the Varsity Line by sharing memories about the line which once ran from Oxford to Cambridge
  • Learn about Preferred Route Option between Bedford and Cambridge, by exploring the dedicated document library
  • Help communities get better access to information by filling out a quick survey on what communications methods they like to use – and what doesn’t work!

East West Railway Company has also appointed Claire Keith-Anderson as Community Engagement Manager. This is a new role that will see Claire develop the new online hub and seek to connect in innovative ways with local people, particularly communities who may not have traditionally got involved with the development of the new railway so far. She said:

“We’re looking forward to welcoming residents all the way from Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge and the communities in between, to this new online space; and we want everyone to play a part in bringing forward a new sustainable railway connection that will help to secure the future prosperity of the whole area.

The Community Hub has been set up in advance of public consultations planned for early 2021, giving communities a one-stop-shop on the East West Rail project.

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