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17 November 2017 ‘Now let’s turn this into reality’: Our reaction to NIC report

The National Infrastructure Commission has published its final report on the Oxford-Milton Keynes-Cambridge growth corridor, in which it makes a strong recommendation to deliver East West Rail as soon as possible (see https://www.nic.org.uk/our-work/growth-corridor) Councillor Mark Shaw, chairman of the East West Rail Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section, said: “We are delighted that […]

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20 September 2017 Community champion to oversee employment, education and volunteering initiatives

An award winning community champion has been appointed to oversee East West Rail’s employment, education and volunteering initiatives. Danny Miller, the East West Rail Alliance’s Social Value Manager, previously worked on the ThamesLink project, which was recognised by several awards for its commitment to giving back to the community. His work includes visiting primary and […]

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5 September 2017 Ponds mark first step in construction

Environmental ponds are currently being built in Oxfordshire as part of the East West Rail scheme. The East West Rail Alliance is creating the habitats near Launton, which will provide new homes for Great Crested Newts and includes the planting of hedgerows and vegetation. The work, which was subject to the planning application process, marks […]

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10 August 2017 Old Oak Common plan ‘strengthens strategic importance of East West Rail’

England’s Economic Heartland Strategic Alliance – a partner of the East West Rail Consortium – has welcomed the publication of Network Rail’s West Midlands and Chilterns Route Study, which recommends connecting the Chiltern mainline to Old Oak Common. The study sets out how demand on the Chiltern line has increased in the last decade, and will […]

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20 July 2017 Chairman ‘delighted’ after meeting with Secretary of State

Mark Shaw, chairman of the Consortium’s Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section of East West Rail, met with Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling, in London on July 17. Mark said: “We discussed how important East West Rail is in terms of unlocking the region’s economic potential and supporting significant housing growth. It […]

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7 July 2017 ‘Make your voice heard’: Chairman encourages public to take part in consultation

People are being encouraged to take part in a consultation on plans for a rail link which will connect Oxford to Milton Keynes and Bedford, and Princes Risborough to Milton Keynes via Aylesbury and Winslow. East West Rail will eventually connect Oxford in the west with Cambridge in the east, a ‘corridor’ running across the […]

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7 July 2017 Western Section’s first phase wins top industry award

Bicester to Oxford Collaboration was named winner of the Cross Industry Partnership Award for the delivery of Chiltern Railway’s Oxford to London service at the Rail Industry Innovation Awards. The collaboration consists of Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture, Atkins, Siemens and RSK. Rob Mole, East West Rail project manager at Network Rail, […]

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30 June 2017 Have your say on plans to transform east-west rail services

The views of residents, businesses and passengers are being sought on the next stage of plans to continue the transformation of cross country rail services in Britain. The consultation on Western Section Phase 2 of East West Rail, starting today (Friday 30 June), is an opportunity to discuss and comment on initial plans to help […]

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25 April 2017 Western Section land referencing to start

The East West Rail, Western Section, Phase 2 project (EWR2) in preparation for the second round of consultation must seek to identify everyone who either owns and/or has an interest in land that may be affected by the project. Carter Jonas, on behalf of Network Rail, EWR2, will be carrying out a land referencing exercise. […]

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25 January 2017 East West Rail Managing Director Announced

Phil Verster will become managing director of the East West Rail project announced by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last month.

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