At East West Railway Company, we’re changing the way rail projects are delivered

We're here to deliver East West Rail - differently

At East West Railway Company we're building a new kind of railway. Established by the UK Government as a non-departmental public arms-length body in late 2017, we've been set up to accelerate delivery of the project and bring new drive and focus.

Our role is to:

  • build infrastructure which supports local and national strategies for the region
  • safely deliver the infrastructure as quickly and as cost effectively as possible
  • explore new ways to fund and finance the infrastructure
  • explore improved ways of working across the rail industry 
  • design and integrate the infrastructure and train services, so passengers get a better experience
  • ensure the new railway meets the needs of communities - during and after the build phases



We're here to deliver East West Rail - differently

We're guiding delivery between Oxford and Bedford, and delivering the section from Bedford to Cambridge

Oxford to Bicester: Western Section Phase 1

This phase was delivered in 2016 prior to our establishment, and was led by Network Rail, Chiltern Railways, and a joint venture led by local companies Carillion and Buckingham Group.

Bicester to Bedford: Western Section Phase 2

This phase is underway, and is being delivered by the the East West Rail Alliance with our oversight. Our role is to guide its delivery, making sure its delivery is timely and achieves value for money, while providing the greatest possible customer benefit. 

Bedford to Cambridge: Central Section

We're currently developing route options for the Central Section, and our role is to take this section all the way from planning through to delivery. 

We're delivering the Central Section and guiding delivery of the Western Section

A quick guide to our key stakeholders

East West Rail is a complex project, particularly when there's multiple phases, sections and delivery partners.

To make things easier, we've written a quick guide which outlines the roles and responsibilities of our four key stakeholders and what their relationship is to the project.

The Department for Transport

The Department for Transport work with agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. They plan and invest in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move.

The Department for Transport are our main shareholder and monitor our governance and performance. 

Read more about the Department for Transport here.

Network Rail

Network Rail own and operate railway infrastructure in England, Wales and Scotland on behalf of the nation. They also manage rail timetabling and 20 of the largest stations in England, Scotland and Wales.

With our oversight, Network Rail are a key member of the East West Rail Alliance, who are designing and delivering Phase 2 of East West Rail between Bicester and Bedford. They're also a key partner as we look towards integrating East West Rail with the existing rail network. 

Read more about Network Rail here.

East West Rail Alliance

The East West Rail Alliance was procured by Network Rail to design and deliver East West Rail Phase 2 between Bicester and Bedford, and is made up of Network Rail, Atkins, Laing O’Rourke and Volker Rail. 

East West Rail Consortium 

The East West Rail Consortium – a group of local authorities and businesses – was formed in 1995 with an interest in improving access to and from East Anglia and the Milton Keynes South Midlands growth area. They are strong advocates for East West Rail, and we liaise closely with them to make sure that local voices are being heard.

Read more about the East West Rail Consortium here.


Dedicated to delivery

East West Railway Company, established in 2017, was created to bring new drive and focus to the East West Rail project.

We were founded on a range of values which we work to breathe into our project and our office culture - being open, bold, trusted, focusing on our customers and having fun - we’re incredibly proud of the people who make our company what it is.

With decades of valuable and varied industry experience, we know how to spot the best talent and are a group of approximately 40 skilled and motivated experts who are dedicated to delivering East West Rail.

If you'd like to join our team, visit our opportunities page

Dedicated to delivery

Meet Our Executive Team


Simon Blanchflower CBE

Chief Executive Officer

Simon joined us as our first CEO in December 2018. His experience ranges from the early stage development of Crossrail to the innovative delivery of Heathrow Express and most recently as Programme Director for the £5bn Thameslink project.

Rob Brighouse


Rob has been leading the work to set up East West Railway Company since 2017 and is a non-executive director of Network Rail and Sn-ap Travel Technology Limited, a start-up organisation providing travel technology directly to passengers.

Will Gallagher

Strategy Director

Before joining East West Railway Company, Will was the Operations Director for the National Citizen Service Trust, the fastest growing youth programme in the UK. Will has spent a significant amount of time in senior leadership positions both within the public and the private sectors.

James Norman

Corporate Services Director

James's served as Finance Director Network Operations and Deputy CFO for Network Rail. He has a wide range of experience including Finance Director roles for an AIM listed support services organisation.


Ian Parker

Programme Delivery Director

Ian is a chartered civil engineer with over 30 years’ experience in the infrastructure sector. Before joining East West Rail Company, Ian was MD of Costain’s transportation division and previously, for Highways England, led the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon scheme through its development phase.

Simon Scott

Engineering Director

Simon joined EWR Co as Engineering Director in Jun 2020 ; he previously developed future transport systems at Virgin Hyperloop One and the Digital Railway Programme at Network Rail; recently he led the development of privately financed transport systems for KBR.