In 2018, the Department for Transport created the East West Railway Company - our Company - to look at plans being developed for a new railway between Oxford and Cambridge.
The original plans were developed by the Department for Transport, Network Rail and the East West Rail Alliance.
Our job is to consider and challenge these plans with fresh thinking. To do that, we are now responsible for planning the section of East West Rail between Bletchley and Cambridge, while overseeing delivery of the section between Bicester and Bletchley – which is being delivered by the East West Rail Alliance.
What sets us apart
Creating new connections
Not just laying down steel and concrete, we're focused on designing a railway that is most likely to create connections between local communities
Rooted in community
The views of the community the railway serves are central to our decision-making process
Environment at the forefront
We are exploring options for advancing low carbon design and green energy to power our trains
A unified goal - from planning through to operations
Every decision we make is informed by a single, unified goal to deliver the best service for our passengers and our communities.
We were founded on a range of values which we work to breathe into our project and our company culture - being open, bold, trusted, focusing on our customers and having fun - we’re incredibly proud of the people who make our company what it is.
With decades of valuable and varied industry experience, we know how to spot the best talent and are a group of around 100 skilled and motivated experts who are dedicated to delivering East West Rail.
Meet our Senior Leadership Team below.
Simon Blanchflower CBE - Chief Executive Officer
Will Gallagher - Strategy Director
James Norman - Corporate Services Director
Ian Parker - Programme Delivery Director
Simon Scott - Engineering Director
Margarita Ziborova - Head of People & Culture
Roland George - General Counsel and Company Secretary
Ian Willetts - Head of HSSQ
The East West Railway Company Board
The East West Railway Company (EWR Co) Board is responsible for establishing appropriate corporate policies and scrutinising major decisions, whilst holding EWR Co Management and EWR Co’s CEO to account. The membership of the Board is:
- Rob Brighouse
Non-Executive Director Members:
- Simon Blanchflower CBE
Department for Transport Observer:
Key Corporate Documents
2018-19 Annual Report
We are delivering East West Rail in partnership with a range of stakeholders - who vary depending on the area of the route. Learn more about who are partners are, and how they're helping us deliver East West Rail.Learn more
Careers at East West Railway Company
At East West Railway Company, we’re changing the way rail projects are delivered. We’re hiring talented, creative problem-solvers, bringing together a talented team with diverse experiences, backgrounds and skills. Sound interesting?Learn more