East West Rail is an infrastructure project intended to improve transport connections between Oxford and Cambridge. Although it is a transport project, the intended benefits are much wider than improving travel connections and journey times. One of the most significant intended benefits is to enable the creation of new housing along the route, which will support growth in the region. Achieving the benefits from the project will require cross-government working. 


This investigation will examine:

  • how the context for the East West Rail project has changed over time
  • the Department for Transport’s assessments of the economic and strategic case for the East West Rail project
  • the cross-government working to plan and deliver the intended outcomes

NAO Team

Director: Jonny Mood
Senior Audit Manager: Andy Whittingham