Yesterday’s announcement by the East West Rail Consortium of the preferred new route between Bedford and Cambridge as part of the third and final stage of the East-West rail link is welcomed by Cheffins.  

The decision to select Route E (Bedford Midland – south of St Neots/Tempsford area – Cambourne – Cambridge) makes sense as the line will run through substantial areas of proposed development. If backed by the government, two stations would be built as part of the plan – one for Tempsford or St Neots and one for Cambourne.

The proposed route is currently much wider than will be needed if it gets the go-ahead by government, meaning many landowners may have concerns about how they will be potentially affected. Cheffins advice to its clients and other landowners is to engage early with experts who can guide you through the process as it becomes more defined.  

Michael Jones, head of Commercial at Cheffins, said: “This line between Bedford and Cambridge is much needed for growth in the region and it is great to see progress on a preferred route being chosen.

“Of course, the devil will be in the detail and we first await the government’s decision on whether it is given the go-ahead.”