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Atkins provided technical design for the Chiltern Railways Bicester to Oxford main line railway, which opens to the public today (26 October 2015), as part of the East West Rail Project to improve connections between East Anglia, Central, Southern and Western England.

The project, which is promoted by the East West Rail Consortium (a group of local authorities and businesses with an interest in improving access to and from the area), began with Atkins involvement in 2008.  Since then the Atkins team has gone on to design the brand new, 20 kilometre long, twin track section of 100mph railway between Bicester and Oxford including the building of a new station at Oxford Parkway and upgraded Bicester Town and Islip stations for Phase 1 of the Western Section of the East West Rail project. 

East West Rail Phase 1 will improve rail travel in Oxfordshire by increasing capacity of OXD line between Oxford and Bicester by doubling the existing line and providing a new route from a newly built station at Bicester Village to Oxford Parkway. It will also improve access to the Chiltern Mainline from Oxford and Bicester allowing services to run to London Marylebone. 

The design expertise provided by Atkins includes project and engineering management, track, civils, mechanical and electrical, telecoms, signalling, electrification, surveying, highways, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, architecture and environment plus engineering safety management.

Throughout GRIP stages 2, 3 and 4 Atkins were part of a multi-organisation team led by Chiltern Railways to produce the Transport and Works Act Order submission.  During GRIP stages 5-8 Atkins commission is to a design and build joint venture between Carillion and Buckingham Group who are part of a wider collaborative project team that includes Network Rail, Chiltern Railways and Siemens.

Phase 2 of the Western Section of East West Rail will see the remainder of the work designed and built over the next eight years.

Dan Bishop, structures practice director, Atkins, said:“This major project demonstrates the strength and depth of Atkins’ expertise and is a great example of how modern railway infrastructure enhancement projects can be delivered effectively by train operators and infrastructure owners working collectively towards a common goal.”  


For more information:

Claire Grewer
External communications manager, Transportation
Tel: +44 203 214 8773

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