Buckingham Group wins share of £87m East West Rail contract

Mar 12, 2014

Buckingham Group Contracting, in a joint venture with facilities management giant Carillion, will also construct the new Chiltern Railways route between London Marylebone and Oxford.

The contract has been announced by Network Rail, which says the projects will bring significant economic benefits to Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Oxfordshire.

Mike Kempley, managing director of Buckingham Group Contracting, said: “Over the lifetime of the project we will create new jobs and once complete the project will deliver major improvements to the transport infrastructure across a wide area and deliver significant socio-economic benefits for Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.”

Buckingham Group Contracting, based at Stowe near Buckingham, has previously worked on other Network Rail project and has completed the second phase of the development at stadiummk, home of Milton Keynes Dons FC.

Work to rebuild and double currently disused track between Bletchley and Claydon Junction and build a new station at Winslow will begin once work to connect the Bicester Town-Oxford line to the Chiltern main line is complete.

The project also includes upgrading and doubling the Claydon Junction-Aylesbury and Claydon Junction-Bicester lines.

The completed line is due to reopen in late 2017, with trains running at up to 100mph.

Network Rail route managing director Dyan Crowther said: “Thanks to the hard work of Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting, we have been able to employ a regional business to help deliver the scheme, further boosting the local economy and providing jobs to local people.”

Cllr Janet Blake of Buckinghamshire County Council, who chairs the Joint Delivery Board for the Western Section of East West Rail, said: "This is doubly good news. Not only are we seeing progress on the ground as construction work for East West Rail begins, we are also delighted that this major contract for the first phase of work has been awarded to a world-class Buckinghamshire-based company."

Mark Davies, managing director of Carillion Infrastructure, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this important contract that in itself facilitates two strategically important rail links.” 

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