On Thursday, Rail Minister, Huw Merriman, visited North East Bedfordshire to look at some of the challenging topography of the East West Rail route and meet with parish and Borough Councillors and representatives from BFARe.
This week, the National Audit Office (NAO) announced that it would be launching an investigation into the East West Rail (EWR) project. Richard met and wrote to the NAO earlier this year, asking them to look into EWR. Richard's letter can be read here and the NAO's reply can be read here.
On Tuesday in Parliament, Richard held a parliamentary debate in Westminster Hall to highlight the flaws in the underlying rationale for East West Rail, and to continue to push the argument that better, greener alternatives exist to deliver the growth that EWR purports to enable.
Ahead of his Westminster Hall debate on East West Rail on Tuesday afternoon, Richard was interviewed on BBC 3 Counties Radio about his disappointment on the recent route announcement and the further confusion it has created for residents.
Following East West Rail's recent alignment announcement, Richard met with representatives from affected Parish Councils, Bedford Borough Council, local campaign groups and the newly elected Bedford Mayor.