Engineering and professional services consultancy, WSP, has been appointed by the East West Railway Company to study the infrastructure required for an increased train service in and out of Oxford station

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WSP will examine the infrastructure required to allow four trains per hour to run to and from Oxford Station, in addition to the two Chiltern trains which currently run into Oxford per hour from London Marylebone. This supports the East West Railway Company’s plans for new passenger services between Oxford and Cambridge, serving Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Bedford and the communities in-between for the first time since 1967.

The capacity study undertaken by WSP will recommend ways in which the infrastructure could support these new services. Their recommendations will be made to the East West Railway Company later this year.

Oxford station is set to become an even more important destination with the launch of new services to Milton Keynes and Cambridge, and we are delighted to be working with the East West Railway Company to define an optimum operational and infrastructure plan for Oxford station to support the reliable introduction of these new services”, says Edward O’Loughlin, Head of Rail Strategy and Planning at WSP.


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About WSP

WSP is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. We are dedicated to our local communities and propelled by international brainpower. We are technical experts and strategic advisors including engineers, technicians, scientists, architects, planners, surveyors and environmental specialists, as well as other design, program and construction management professionals. We design lasting solutions in the Property & Buildings, Transportation & Infrastructure, Environment, Industry, Resources (including Mining and Oil & Gas) and Power & Energy sectors as well as project delivery and strategic consulting services.

With 7,800 talented people in the UK and more than 48,000 globally, we engineer projects that will help societies grow for lifetimes to come. WSP has been involved in many high-profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, the re-development of London Bridge Station, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.

About East West Rail and the East West Railway Company

  • 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.