Atkins Provides Technical Expertise to New Bicester to Oxford Main Line Railway

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Atkins delivered technical design for the Chiltern Railways Bicester to Oxford main line railway, which began running in October 2015, as a segment of the East West Rail project to enhance connectivity between East Anglia, Central, Southern and Western England.

The scheme, which is endorsed by the East West Rail Consortium (a group of local authorities and businesses), has been working with Atkins since 2008. The Atkins team has designed the new 20km long twin track section of 100mph railway connecting Bicester and Oxford. This project included the construction of Oxford Parkway, and improvements to Bicester Town and Islip stations. This all comprises Phase 1 of the Western Section of the East West Rail project.

East West Rail Project Phase 1

East West Rail Phase 1 will enhance rail links in Oxfordshire by growing capacity of OXD line between Oxford and Bicester. It achieves this by doubling the existing line and offering a new route from Bicester Village to Oxford Parkway.  It will also improve links to the Chiltern Mainline from Oxford and Bicester, enabling trains to run to London Marylebone.

The design know-how delivered by Atkins comprises project and engineering management, track, civils, mechanical and electrical, telecoms, signalling, electrification, surveying, highways, geotechnical, drainage, utilities, architecture and environment plus engineering safety management.

Transport and Works Act Order

In GRIP stages 2, 3 and 4, Atkins were members of a multi-organisation crew led by Chiltern Railways. They created the Transport and Works Act Order proposal. During GRIP stages 58, Atkins’s brief was to design and construct a combined undertaking between Carillion and Buckingham Group, who are part of a broader collective project team that includes Network Rail, Chiltern Railways and Siemens.

Phase 2 of the Western Section of East West Rail will be constructed over the next eight years.

Dan Bishop, Structures Practice Director at Atkins, said:

This major project demonstrates the strength and depth of Atkins’ expertise and is a great example of how modern railway infrastructure enhancement projects can be delivered effectively by train operators and infrastructure owners working collectively towards a common goal.


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