The Anonymous Widower

Future Rail Developments At Milton Keynes

The Milton Keynes area and its stations at Bletchley, Bow BrickhillFenny Stratford, Milton Keynes Central and Wolverton, are in for a lot of development in the next few years.

The East West Rail Link

This map shows the East West Rail Link.

East West Rail Link

East West Rail Link

Note how it crosses the West Coast Main Line at Bletchley and has a connection to Milton Keynes Central.

The Wikipedia entry for Bletchley station has a section called Future. This is said.

The Marston Vale Line is the passenger carrying remnant of the Varsity Line. As of 2014, the line beyond Bletchley through Winslow to Bicester Town is closed to passenger traffic, with goods traffic going only as far as Newton Longville sidings for the waste disposal site there. The high level crossing (officially named the “The Bletchley Flyover” – built in 1959 as part of the Modernisation Plan, with 7 x 56 ft (17 m) spans and then expected to be used by 80 trains a day) over the WCML at Bletchley remains in place and in occasional use. There is a funded plan to re-open the line to passenger traffic via Bicester to Oxford by 2019 and an unfunded desire to rebuild it from Oxford right through to Cambridge. A key element of the plan is to build a Bletchley high level station so that passengers may transfer between the lines. (Note that there is no corresponding east to north route).

It is obviously, a bit out of date, as the East West Rail Link is now planned and funded to Bedford.

This Google Map shows the track layout at Bletchley with the Marston Vale Line joining from the East and Fenny Stratford station.

Bletchley Station And The East West Rail Link

Bletchley Station And The East West Rail Link


  1. Stadium MK at the top of the map.
  2. The East West Rail Link can be seen curving to the west to the south of Bletchley station.
  3. The flyover over Bletchley station.
  4. Fenny Stratford station is to the south west of the large building at the east.
  5. The next station to the East is Bow Brickhill.

Bletchley will become a more important station.

East West Rail Link Services From Milton Keynes Central

The Wikipedia entry for Milton Keynes Central has a section called East West Rail. This is said.

From 2019, services are planned to operate (over a rebuilt East West Rail Link) to Oxford via Bletchley, Winslow and Bicester Town; and also to London Marylebone via Aylesbury and High Wycombe. Extension of the Oxford service to Reading has been mooted.

This will definitely need some more platforms at Milton Keynes Central, other than the single one 2A built for the still-born extended Marston Wale service to Milton Keynes.

I published some pictures in Platform Space At Milton Keynes Central, which show that there is some space.

Implications For Bletchley

I have now written The The Bletchley Flyover to cover the implications for Bletchley.

Great North Western To Blackpool

The Wikipedia entry for Milton Keynes Central has a section called Great North Western. This is said.

Great North Western Railway has been given permission to run 6 trains a day from London to Blackpool North from 2018, with conditional permission for a stop at Milton Keynes Central dependent upon future capacity after infrastructural work.

This will probably be very much a development, that will only affect Milton Keynes Central station.

Crossrail To Milton Keynes Central

The Wikipedia entry for Milton Keynes Central has a section called Crossrail. This is said.

Network Rail’s July 2011 London & South East Route Utilisation Strategy (RUS) recommended diverting West Coast Main Line (WCML) services from stations between London and Milton Keynes Central away from Euston, to Crossrail via Old Oak Common, to free up capacity at Euston for High Speed 2. Doing so would provide a direct service from the WCML to the Shenfield, Canary Wharf and Abbey Wood, release London Underground capacity at Euston, make better use of Crossrail’s capacity west of Paddington, and improve access to Heathrow Airport from the north. Under this scheme, all Crossrail trains would continue west of Paddington, instead of some of them terminating there. They would serve Heathrow Airport (10 tph), stations to Maidenhead and Reading (6 tph), and stations to Milton Keynes Central (8 tph).

In August 2014, a statement by the transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin indicated that the government was actively evaluating the extension of Crossrail as far as Tring and Milton Keynes Central, with potential Crossrail stops at Wembley Central, Harrow & Wealdstone, Bushey, Watford Junction, Kings Langley, Apsley, Hemel Hempstead, Berkhamsted, Tring, Cheddington, Leighton Buzzard and Bletchley. The extension would relieve some pressure from London Underground and London Euston station while also increasing connectivity. Conditions to the extension are that any extra services would not affect the planned service pattern for confirmed routes, as well as affordability.

Extending Crossrail to Milton Keynes would seem to be a sensible idea.

It would increase the capacity and frequency of services between Milton Keynes and London and open up several more direct destinations.

The quote from Wikipedia talks of increasing connectivity to Crossrail.

This connectivity is in addition to that created by an Old Oak Common station.

As with the East West Rail Link, it will probably need extra platforms at Milton Keynes Central. But there is at least some space to create them.


Milton Keynes Central will be a lot bigger and busier than it is now.

But it will join that elite group of stations that are Crossrail’s and Thameslink’s super-hubs.


December 13, 2015 - Posted by | Transport | , , , ,

1 Comment »

  1. […] In Future Rail Developments At Milton Keynes, I said that there with all the new services, there would have to be some extra platform space. […]

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