The other partners in the collaboration are Chiltern Railways, Network Rail, Carillion Buckingham Joint Venture, Atkins and Siemens.
Rob Mole, East West Rail project manager at Network Rail, speaking on behalf of the collaboration, said, “The Oxford to London project and East West Rail Phase 1 were achieved by combining technical design excellence and digital engineering with collaboration between client, designer and contractor.
“This openness of spirit created a strong sense of trust and integrity, and encouraged open channels of communication and a ‘one-team’ mentality. It provided a positive environment in which new approaches could be nurtured and drew on the expertise of each organisation.”
The project included building a new 1-km section of railway to connect the Bicester Town to Oxford line to the Chiltern main line. It also involved widening the existing track bed; doubling over 18 km of track; increasing line speed to100 mph; constructing new overbridges, underbridges and footbridges; closing 37 level crossings; building a new Oxford Parkway station at Water Eaton; upgrading Bicester Town and Islip stations; and installing a new signalling system.
The scheme had a phased opening, with the line from Oxford Parkway opening in October 2015. The completed line officially opened to passengers on 12 December 2016.
“The environmental challenges on East West Rail Phase 1 were significant and RSK played a fundamental role as part of the collaboration in identifying innovative solutions to get the job built. It was a great example of our strength in multidisciplinary working involving specialists from almost all of our UK business units. Receiving this award is a testament to all the people involved,” RSK project director Pete Whipp added.