Queen Catherine Road pipe diversion

East West Rail is creating a new direct connection between Oxford and Cambridge, and beyond. Serving communities across the area, it will bring faster journey times and lower transport costs as well as easing pressure on local roads.

This section of work is part of the Bicester to Bedford Western Section, Phase 2. East West Rail Phase 2 reinstates and upgrades railway lines to enable new train services to run between Oxford and Milton Keynes, between Oxford and Bedford and between Milton Keynes and Aylesbury. It also involves creating a new station at Winslow, building two new platforms at Bletchley, installing 8 new over-bridges, 22 new footbridges or subways and making changes to 97 railway crossings.

Part of this work includes construction of a new over-bridge at Queen Catherine Road and bringing the currently mothballed railway line back into service. In preparation for this project we need to move one of our water pipes to enable the project to go ahead.

Facts and FAQs

Why are we doing this work?


Our water pipe currently clashes with East West Rail’s plans to build a new over-bridge and before they can begin their work, we need to move our water pipe that would otherwise be in the way.


Our work will start on 05 October 2020 and is expected to last approximately 6 weeks. We will be working Monday – Friday 7am – 6pm, the closure of Queen Catherine Road will be in place 24/7 to ensure the safety of the public for the duration of our work.

Please click here to view our diversion route.


We need to move one of our water pipes, to do this we will lay a new twin pipe and connect it into the existing pipe away from where the new over-bridge will be. The twin pipe will also bring more security to your water supply in the future.


Your water supply/sewerage services will not be affected by this work.


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Please call us on 03457 145 145 for more information on our Priority Service or find out more here. https://www.anglianwater.co.uk/help-and-advice/extra-support/priority-services/


Our teams are following the latest Government advice regarding social distancing. As key workers we are continuing to work hard providing one of life’s essential services - keeping taps flowing, toilets flushing, and drains draining.
If you’re self-isolating, our teams will take the necessary precautions if we do need to visit you. Our priority is always to keep both you and our colleagues safe.
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If you’re in one of the high-risk groups identified by the Government as having a medical condition that makes you especially vulnerable to Coronavirus, we’d urge you to sign up to our Priority Services Register by visiting www.anglianwater.co.uk/myacount or www.anglianwater.co.uk/watercare so we can support you in the best way.