Ancient settlements have been discovered during excavations ahead of a new railway being built through Buckinghamshire. East West Rail is currently working to build a new train line through the north of the county.

The line will run between Bletchley and Bicester - with Winslow getting a railway station for the first time in decades as part of the work. This will eventually allow services to run between Cambridge and Oxford.

Two trains are expected to run per hour by 2025 between the two cities. Meanwhile controversy continues about whether a spur line to Aylesbury - allowing direct services to run between the county town and Milton Keynes - will ever be built.

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While those designing and constructing the East West Rail link clearly have their eyes on the future, the past has not been forgotten either. Archaeological digs have taken place along the route through the county - and there have been a number of settlements dating back to Roman Britain discovered as a result.

A report to Buckinghamshire Council's Historic Environment Forum said: "Fieldwork along the route has been completed, but limited archaeology has been identified to date. The remains which have been encountered are mostly small-scale Roman settlements. The field work reports are now being supplied."

The precise locations of the settlements were not mentioned in the report. HS2 , another railway project through the county, has also uncovered a number of Roman artefacts and sites.

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