10 JULY 2019

EWR Co gears up for rolling stock procurement

This week, the East West Railway Company (EWR Co) announced the conclusion of their rolling stock market engagement exercise, confirming their intent to begin a formal rolling stock procurement process later this year.

The rolling stock market engagement exercise has been underway since November 2018. As part of this, EWR Co held workshops and meetings with organisations from across the rolling stock market.

The announcement was made via a Prior Information Notice (PIN), which was lodged on Friday 05 July. It is expected to feature in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) this week.

Simon Blanchflower CBE, Chief Executive at EWR Co said, “Reactions to our approach from the rolling stock market have been extremely positive. We’ve taken a purposeful approach to procurement, using this engagement period to effectively de-risk the project by working with the market to understand what’s available to meet our entry into service requirements, before defining our specifications. Thank you to everyone who has engaged with this process so far: your input has been invaluable”.

The PIN went on to request that interested parties refrain from further interactions with EWR Co until the formal process begins.


Notes to editors

  • East West Rail is creating a new direct connection between Oxford and Cambridge, and beyond. Serving communities across the area, it will bring faster journey times and lower transport costs as well as easing pressure on local roads. 
  • East West Railway Company (EWR Co)’s role is to oversee and accelerate delivery of East West Rail.
  • EWR Co was set up by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2017 to innovate and challenge the status-quo, leading to quicker and more cost-effective project delivery, and an improved experience for passengers and the communities it serves.