East West Rail moves ahead with Arup appointment

Brad Ryan, Senior PR Coordinator Brad Ryan UKIMEA Press Office,London
14 October 2019

A multi-disciplinary planning, economics, environmental and engineering team led by Arup has been appointed to work in partnership with East West Rail Company (EWR Co) to support early works, so the project can continue its rapid progress once a decision is made on the preferred route for the Bedford to Cambridge section later this year.

This section was recently designated a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project by the UK Government which means that following comprehensive consultation, EWR Co will be able to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO) to authorise the project.

Once the preferred route has been selected, the Arup-led consortium will support EWR Co with a range of work including critical route alignment design and assessment, public consultation work and factual studies to inform strategic decision making.

We share East West Rail Co’s vision for this new line and its economic, environmental and social benefits. As well as benefiting passengers, the line is set to have a positive, long-term impact, driving economic growth, enabling new jobs and housing for communities from Bedford to Cambridge. Projects like these are at the core of Arup’s purpose to shape a better world. We look forward to working with EWR Co and local stakeholders in helping make this project a reality. ”

Andrew Went Andrew Went UKIMEA Rail Business Leader

When completed, the line from Oxford to Cambridge will serve Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford and those communities in between, providing a quicker and more reliable alternative to current transport options.

The line is designed to unlock the significant economic potential of the area, building infrastructure that works for local people.

It also reinforces the strategic direction of local authorities across the route and supports Government proposals for delivering growth in the Oxford-Cambridge Arc.

When completed, the line will run from Oxford to Cambridge When completed, the line will run from Oxford to Cambridge
This is East West Rail’s first major support contract and represents a significant step forward for the scheme.

I am delighted that we’ve made this appointment now, because it will enable us to keep working at pace as soon as the preferred route has been selected later this year. Our project has a unique business model and we wanted to appoint an engineering partner as committed as we are to test out new ways of working on the UK’s most exciting new railway project. East West Rail will bring much-needed infrastructure to the communities we serve, responding to local plans to help unlock real economic opportunities, creating jobs and improved access to housing. We’re also committed to protecting the environment by finding approaches to delivery that minimise environmental impacts and actually create opportunities for biodiversity benefits. ” Simon Blanchflower Chief Executive at East West Railway Company