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Carillion Buckingham JV to build £87m Chiltern rail link

10 Mar 14 A joint venture between Carillion and Buckingham Group Contracting has won an £87m contract to design and build the new Chiltern Railways route between London Marylebone and Oxford.

The new line will provide an alternative link between Oxford and London.

The contract includes the western section of the East West Rail scheme to Bedford and Milton Keynes.

The project includes building a new 1km section of railway to connect the Bicester Town to Oxford line to the Chiltern main line. It will also involve widening the existing track bed; doubling more than 18km of track; increasing line speed to100mph; constructing new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges; closing 37 level crossings; building a new station at Oxford Parkway; upgrading Bicester Town and Islip stations; and installing a new signalling system.

Once the Oxford to London line and the western phase of the East West Rail scheme is complete, a further phase will reconstruct and double disused track between Claydon junction and Bletchley; upgrade and double track between Bicester and Claydon junction, and Aylesbury and Claydon junction; and build a new station at Winslow.

Carillion Infrastructure managing director Mark Davies said: “We are delighted to have been selected to deliver this important contract that in itself facilitates two strategically important rail links, one between Oxford and London and another as the first phase of the East West Rail Scheme. The Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture brings a wealth of experience and skills which are required to safely deliver this demanding project, embracing the highest standards of sustainability.”

Network Rail route managing director Dyan Crowther said: “The new Oxford to London line and wider East West Rail scheme will deliver significant economic, social and environmental benefits to Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and beyond.

“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.”

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