13 FEBRUARY 2019

First Non-Executive Directors appointed by East West Railway Company

East West Railway Company has appointed its first non-executive directors to guide and advise the organisation as it drives forward work to deliver a new rail line between Oxford and Cambridge. 

The group’s broad range of skills, experience and perspectives, is indicative of the Company’s remit to explore improved and innovative ways of working across the rail industry, and the Department for Transport’s ambitions for both the organisation and the route.

  • Anne Baldock – an experienced non-executive director who has advised several company, charity and governmental boards. Previously partner and the global head of the Projects, Energy and Infrastructure Group at international law firm Allen & Overy LLP
  • Dyan Crowther – Currently Chief Executive Officer at High Speed 1 (HS1), Dyan has over 30 years of experience working in the rail industry, including senior posts at train operators, Network Rail and British Rail.
  • Simon Murray – coming from a long career in infrastructure development, spanning senior roles at Arup, BAA, TfL and Anglian Water Services, Simon is an experienced non-executive Director, currently sitting on the Highways Agency Board.

East West Railway Company’s Chairman, Rob Brighouse said “This is a significant moment for East West Railway Company, as it marks the successful close-out of our mobilisation period and firmly establishes the formal governance structures which will support, guide and challenge the organisation through our ambitious programme. They join us during a period of high activity: last month we opened our first public consultation, seeking comment on route options between Bedford and Cambridge and following the recent publication of our Prior Information Notice, we will this month be holding engagement sessions with potential future development partners. My executive team and I are looking forward to working closely with Anne, Dyan and Simon.”

This announcement follows the appointment of Simon Blanchflower as the company’s first CEO in December. Tom Cooper continues in his role as shareholder appointed Non-Executive Director.

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  • East West Rail is creating a new direct connection between Oxford Cambridge, and beyond. Once complete it will be a world class rail line connecting Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford, Cambridge, and communities in between. The section between Oxford and Bicester was completed in 2016 and enabling work has been completed on the section between Bicester and Bedford.
  • The East West Railway Company was set up by the Secretary of State for Transport in 2017, with the ambitious remit to accelerate delivery of rail infrastructure and passenger services between Oxford and Cambridge.
  • The line will deliver much needed connectivity to unlock the economic potential of this corridor - supporting new jobs and communities, as well as reducing journey times and travel costs for residents and commuters.
  • East West Rail is being built progressively in sections:
    • Oxford to Bedford (the Western Section)
      • Phase one (Oxford to Bicester) already complete
      • Phase two (Bicester to Bedford) will see major track and signalling upgrades extending services from Oxford to Bedford and Milton Keynes to Aylesbury. These works include the reinstatement of the Varsity line between Bletchley and Claydon Junction, a mothballed section of railway closed since the 1960s.
    • Central Section: Bedford to Cambridge. East West Railway Company is currently undertaking a public consultation on five route options for this section. Full details are available at https://eastwestrail.co.uk/haveyoursay