JV selected for next phase of East West Rail


A technical partnership has been appointed to drive the next phase of East West Rail (EWR). 

East West Railway line at sunrise
Credit: Mott MacDonald
by Rory ButlerDecember 19, 2022

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East West Railway Company (EWR Co) has selected Mott MacDonald and WSP for the next scheme development phase of the new railway project between Oxford and Cambridge. 

The Joint Venture (JV) follows Chancellor Jeremy Hunt’s announcement in his Autumn Statement that EWR will proceed as planned – and after the DfT outlined earlier this year £2.7 billion worth of design, engineering and construction contracts. 

HS2 has also played a major role in delivering EWR. 

EWR will connect Oxford, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge.  

The first phase connecting Oxford with Bletchley and Milton Keynes should open in 2025. The next phases connect Bedford and Cambridge. 

The two firms will support EWR Co’s application for a Development Consent Order (DCO), which, if successful, would authorise EWR Co to build the new infrastructure. 

  • preliminary engineering and systems design  
  • environmental assessment   
  • management of statutory processes 

Simon Scott, engineering director for EWR Co described EWR as afaster, more sustainable and affordable way to travel”. 

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