The notice follows the British government’s approval of the preferred route option for the Bedford - Cambridge section, and the approval of a transport works order for the section linking Oxford and Aylesbury to Milton Keynes and Bedford, paving the way for construction to begin on this section.

The partners will collaborate with East-West Railway’s team as part of an integrated client under the Institute of Civil Engineer’s ‘Project 13’ principles, covering four areas:

  • management systems integration: creating and managing an IT ecosystem that facilitates the monitoring, reporting and forecasting of project performance
  • project management and controls: providing project management resources for each of the project teams and programme-wide project controls support
  • commercial and procurement: supporting the procurement and commercial management of major contracts on the programme, including the delivery partners and the wider supply chain, and
  • engineering management: providing expertise in areas such as technical assurance, systems engineering, standards and requirements, project authorisation and asset management.

“Our mission is to do things differently, to innovate and challenge the status quo in the rail and construction industries,” says East West Railway chief executive, Mr Simon Blanchflower CBE.

“Delivering a sustainable railway and bringing benefits to local communities at every stage of the project are critically important, which is why we’re keen to talk to companies of all sizes, including those that have a presence along the proposed East-West Rail line.”

East West Railway will host a market engagement on March 5 in Milton Keynes for an informal discussion with interested companies.

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