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Parsons Brinckerhoff wins East West Rail second phase

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded an £8m deal to design the second phase of the new East West rail scheme.

A passenger and freight rail link will be re-established between Oxford and Bedford, Milton Keynes and Aylesbury for the first time in more than 40 years. It involves upgrading and reconstructing underused and disused sections of railway.

Parsons Brinckerhoff has won a deal worth up to £8m for the second phase of the scheme. It will enable contracts for detailed design and construction to be awarded.

Work includes timetable modelling, the design and alignment of track, civil engineering works to bridges and embankments, geotechnical investigation and survey works, studies on how the reinstated railway will impact on level crossings, station design, consents, ecology and environmental works.

The first phase of the East West scheme is underway and includes the construction and doubling of track for more than 18km of railway to increase line speeds to 100mph.

These include the construction of new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges, closure of 37 level crossings, construction of a new station at Oxford Parkway and work to upgrade Bicester Town and Islip stations along with a new signalling system.

Network Rail and Chiltern Railways are collaboratively delivering phase one which will manage the upgrade of the line between Oxford and Bicester (East West Rail Phase 1) and the connection of the Bicester Town to Oxford railway to the Chiltern Main Line by construction of 1km of new railway.

East West Rail phase 2 will see the railway line reinstated between Bedford and Oxford, with spurs to Milton Keynes and Aylesbury.

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