Thursday 15 Jan 2015

Views sought on railway crossings from Aylesbury to Princes Risborough

Region & Route:
| North West & Central

People from Aylesbury to Princes Risborough will have the opportunity to give their views on how railway crossing safety can be improved in their area by attending public consultation events on January 21 and 28.

The railway between Princes Risborough, Aylesbury and Bletchley will be upgraded and reconstructed as part of the East West Rail scheme and this includes the level crossings in Stoke Mandeville, Great and Little Kimble, Monks Risborough and Princes Risborough.

As part of this work Network Rail is undertaking a study which will look at how to improve safety at these crossings.

Charles Hurst, Network Rail’s project manager for East West Rail, said: “Safety on and around the railway is a top priority for us. The East West Rail project will open up many new journey opportunities, but we want to make sure that the reinstated sections of railway are safe for everyone to use, which is why we are undertaking this study.

“So far, we have discussed our initial proposals with the local authority, landowners and ramblers, but we are keen to hear the wider community’s views. This event gives us the chance to share our initial plans with residents and invite them to give us the benefit of their local knowledge and experience.”

Details of the public consultation event are as follows:

For railway crossings at Aylesbury and Stoke Mandeville

Date: Wednesday 21 January
Time: Drop-in anytime between 5.00 and 8.00pm
Location: Stoke Mandeville Stadium, The Lodge, Rooms 3 & 4, StokeMandeville, Aylesbury HP21 9PP

For railway crossings at Little Kimble, Great Kimble, Monks Risborough and Princes Risborough

Date: Wednesday 28 January
Time: Drop in anytime between 4.30 and 7.30pm

Location: St Mary's Church Hall, Church St, Princes Risborough, HP27 9AW

Notes to editors

The East West Rail project plans to reintroduce passenger and freight services between Bedford and Oxford, and between Aylesbury and Milton Keynes. It will connect the Great Western, West Coast and Midland main lines, creating many new journey opportunities, reducing journey times and avoiding the need to travel via London.

The work involves re-constructing and upgrading disused and underused sections of track and signalling between Bletchley and Claydon junctions and upgrading other sections of the line.

For more information about East West Rail, visit or

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