Enterprise Partner

Status: Market Engagement Underway

We're currently undertaking a market engagement exercise on an innovative new ‘Enterprise Partner’ model to support our development and launch of a future Oxford to Cambridge railway service.

Launched in July 2021, the market engagement exercise is being used to test the market’s appetite to deliver train operations and asset management, and support the strategic leadership of the project at an early stage and through the launch phase of the railway. 

By combining service delivery with a strategic role, we're aiming to drive a real focus on achieving the long-term outcomes of the railway – which will in turn enable the wider transformation of the Oxford Cambridge Arc.

We are at a critical stage in developing this exciting new model, and now is a chance for the market to help us test and refine this model in advance of launching a procurement exercise later this year.

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What is an Enterprise Partner?

The Enterprise Partner model has two key roles to deliver, with both roles to be provided by the same organisation(s); the Enterprise Partner role and the Integrated Operator role.

The Enterprise Partner will support EWR Co to specify the railway solution, oversee delivery and prepare for entry into service more effectively, and may also include delivery of the key customer touchpoints.

The Enterprise Partner will also perform the role of Integrated Operator for the railway with responsibility for the initial phase of operations on the railway, followed by both operations and asset management as the later stages of the railway entry into service. The Integrated Operator’s role is likely to be similar to the combined role that train operating companies (TOCs) and Network Rail asset management would deliver in the current railway model.

While we have confidence in the model, we are seeking to test this approach with the market.

How can my Company get involved?

This is the market’s opportunity to partner with EWR Co through a new collaborative model to develop, launch and deliver a new railway.

We are at a critical stage in developing this exciting new model, and now is a chance for the market to help us test and refine this model in advance of launching a procurement exercise later this year.

For more information, the full Prior Information Notice (PIN) can be found here

Interested parties will be required to sign an NDA before receiving more in depth information on the model, where they will be able to access a detailed application form.

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Key dates

  • Activity
    Date
  • Early engagement starts / Prior Information Notice released
    28 July 2021
  • Initial virtual supplier session
    4 August 2021
  • Virtual Q&A session
    11 August 2021
  • Market engagement day
    18 August 2021
  • Deadline for return of questionnaire
    26 August 2021
  • Formal launch of procurement exercise
    Late 2021

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Latest news and updates

28/07/2021  - East West Railway Company launches engagement exercise for innovative ‘Enterprise Partner’ model – an industry first for UK rail

The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) is today launching a market engagement exercise on an innovative new ‘Enterprise Partner’ model to support the company in the development and launch of the new Oxford to Cambridge railway service.

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