Photos used courtesy of Chiltern Railways.

East West Rail is a major UK rail project to establish a strategic railway connecting East Anglia with Central, Southern and Western England. As part of the Carillion - Buckingham joint venture, Opus’ engineering design has helped the new Oxford Parkway station become a ‘level’ access station, making it easily accessible for those using this modern transport hub.

The East West Rail has been designed for speeds of 100mph and includes a twin track railway line to significantly increase the frequency of passenger and freight traffic. The project provides signalling improvements, reserve space for future possible overhead electrification, removes hazardous level crossings and includes new footbridges and vehicular overbridges.

Additional platforms at two stations and a new railway station have also been constructed as part of the project. Opus has undertaken geotechnical, structural and civil designs and checks for the temporary works.  The temporary works designed by Opus have enabled demolitions, excavations, piling operations and construction of footbridges and overbridges to be carried out safely and efficiently. Our team also designed the temporary works to enable noise barriers to be installed adjacent to the railway, to reduce noise and vibration for residents living nearby.

"There will be more trains, faster journey times and better transport links for people living and working here in Oxford." ~ Former Prime Minister David Cameron at the opening of Oxford Parkway station.