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Event Organiser: Railway Civil Engineers’ Association

East West Rail, webinar

  • Webinar
  • Online
  • 22 October 2020
  • 14:00 - 18:15
East West Rail, webinar

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East West Rail is a major project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. The route is broken down into three sections Western, Central and Eastern. The first phase of the Western Section between Oxford and Bicester Village was successfully commissioned in December 2016 as part of the Evergreen 3 project. The second phase of the Western Section between Bicester – Bedford is currently under construction by the East West Rail Alliance. The third, central phase will extend the railway from Bedford to Cambridge, with further eastern extensions projected towards East Anglia.

Part 1 of the presentation will revisit the original Evergreen 3 project. In 2010-11 Chiltern Railways invested over £100m in Evergreen 3, the last piece of its plan to restore the Chiltern Mainline.  This was a key precursor to East West Rail, including the upgrade and reinstatement to double track of the first section of route between Oxford and Bicester. Tom Barr (BAM Nuttall), will explain the rationale behind the investment decisions and the how engineering interventions that facilitated the journey time improvements were developed and delivered.

Part 2 of the presentation will give an update on the £1.1bn project to re-establish the rail link between Bicester and Bletchley. The East West Rail Alliance (EWRA) consisting of Network Rail, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and Volker Rail has been developing the scheme since 2015 and has commenced delivery of the main civil works since summer 2020. The presentation will be delivered by Mark Cuzner, Alliance Director on East West Rail Phase 2 (EWRA2) and will give and update on the EWR2 development, include current scope, construction progress, and challenges.

Part 3 of the presentation will outline the latest developments on the proposed Central Section of the route between Bedford and Cambridge. Simon Blanchflower, CEO of East West Railway Company Limited will give an outline of the current status and aims of the project.


14.00 Welcome and Introductions – Jonathan Buttery, RCEA Chair
14.05 Part 1 – Evergreen 3 Project Oxford to Bicester – Tom Barr, Bam Nuttall
14.50 Q&A
15.20 break
15.30 Part 2 – Bicester to Bletchley – Mark Cuzner, EWR Alliance
16.15 Q&A
16.45 break
17.00 Part 3 – Bedford to Cambridge – Simon Blanchflower, EWR Limited
17.45 Q&A 
18.30 Event Close – Jonathan Buttery, RCEA Chair


Tom Barr

Rail Engineering Manager, BAM Nuttall Ltd

In 1989 Tom graduated from Leeds University with a Civil Engineering degree, he promptly joined Edmund Nuttall Ltd and has never left.

During his 31 years with BAM Nuttall Tom has worked all over the UK, initially on site, delivering large infrastructure projects, such as Blaydon Bridge and the Medway Tunnel. For the last 23 years Tom has worked exclusively on Railway projects, he was part of the project team that delivered Evergreen 3 and is now the Rail Engineering Manager for whole of BAM Nuttall’s Rail Division.

Mark Cuzner

Alliance Director, East West Rail Alliance (EWRA)

Mark is Alliance Director on East West Rail Phase 2 (EWRA) leading the delivery of the circa £1.1B project to re-establish the rail link between Bicester and Bletchley. Prior to joining EWRA, Mark spent 21 years in Hong Kong delivering urban metro railway extension projects for the MTR Corporation. His early career was spent working on a variety of infrastructure projects throughout the UK, including Sizewell B and the M25 widening before moving to Hong Kong in 1995.

Simon Blanchflower

CEO East West Railway Company Limited

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