Si­mon Blanch­flower takes charge at East West Rail

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The East West Rail­way Com­pany (EWRC) has ap­pointed Si­mon Blanch­flower as its first ever chief ex­ec­u­tive.

Blanch­flower, who was most re­cently Pro­gramme Di­rec­tor of Net­work Rail’s £7 bil­lion Thames­link project, will lead the com­pany in its mis­sion to de­liver a new rail­way be­tween Ox­ford and Cam­bridge.

EWRC was cre­ated by Sec­re­tary of State for Trans­port Chris Grayling in 2017, as an arm’s length body from the De­part­ment for Trans­port. It will as­sume full re­spon­si­bil­ity for the project, which is be­ing built in stages, in 2019.

With Phase 1 of the route be­tween Ox­ford and Bices­ter al­ready com­plete, the com­pany will over­see con­struc­tion of Phase 2 of the line’s West­ern Sec­tion (Bices­ter to Mil­ton Keynes/Bed­ford and Ayles­bury to Mil­ton Keynes), which is due to open in the mid2020s ( RAIL 859).

A new line will also be built be­tween Bed­ford and Cam­bridge to com­plete the Cen­tral sec­tion of East West Rail, with EWRC due to be­gin con­sult­ing on the ex­act route in 2019.

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