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Oxford – Cambridge Rail Link

Lecture

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The East West Rail scheme will re-establish a rail link between Cambridge and Oxford to improve connections between East Anglia and central, southern and western England. This talk will explain the challenges and benefits of the construction of the link.

Date and Time

21 February 2018 - 18:30-21:00

Location

Bedford, United Kingdom - icon_popup  (See map)

Organiser

Organised by the UK - East:Beds & Herts local network. Contact George Kermez (chal@innov.eclipse.co.uk) for more information.


About this event

The East West Rail scheme will re-establish a rail link between Cambridge and Oxford to improve connections between East Anglia and central, southern and western England.  East West Rail is much more than a local railway line. On completion of the Western Section, it will connect the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland Main Lines north of London and become a vital strategic rail link in Britain’s rail network.
It aims to:
  1. Provide infrastructure to support local authorities’ ambition for substantial economic growth based on the creation of new private sector jobs and the development of major areas of new housing;
  2. Provide connections between routes without passengers having to go via London. On completion, it will connect the Great Western, Chiltern, West Coast and Midland Main Lines north of London and become a vital strategic rail link in Britain’s rail network;
  3. Contribute positively to tackling climate change by providing a more sustainable means of meeting travel demands;
  4. Enhance the capacity and flexibility of Network Rail’s infrastructure by creating opportunities for alternative routing of passenger and freight services.
This presentation will describe how the East West Rail Phase 2 project has been developed to complete the Western Section of East West Rail, describing the challenges faced by the project team and some of the innovative solutions used to develop this major multi-disciplinary project.

Programme

1830  Networking & Refreshments
1900  Lecture starts
2000  Lecture finishes, followed by Q&A
2100  Event finishes

Reasons to attend

This is an opportunity to learn and ask questions about this important Midlands East – West rail link

Continuing Professional Development

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Cost

Free of Charge

Additional information

Speaker: Andy Free CEng, MIET, MIRSE, Head of Engineering Assurance, EWR Alliance
Andy has spent 29 years in the rail industry working in the development and delivery of infrastructure projects.  Early career roles designing and testing major signalling schemes led to the opportunity to project manage the railway signalling and communications systems for the Heathrow Express Railway.  Following 5 years in a railway engineering consultancy, he returned to Network Rail to manage delivery of a multi-disciplinary resignalling programme in South Wales before leading the engineering support function across parts of the NR national signalling programme.  Andy is now the Head of Engineering Assurance in the EWR Alliance, formed as a partnership between Network Rail, Laing O’Rourke, Atkins and Volker Rail to design and deliver the East West Rail phase 2 project.

Registration information

Please register for this event if you intend to come.
This event is organised by the IET Beds & Herts Local Network as part of our 2017-18 program. 


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