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Atkins wins design contract in Chiltern Railways upgrade

Atkins is to undertake the detailed design of the Chiltern Railways upgrade, currently one of the UK’s most important and technically challenging rail modernisation programmes.

The £250M “Evergreen 3” scheme will reduce journey times by 20% along the M40 corridor to London, bringing London Marylebone within 100 minutes of Birmingham Moor Street station, and Banbury to within an hour (see NCE 15 Jan).

The upgrade work will be finished in 2011, providing an alternative to the West Coast route during the redevelopment of New Street station in Birmingham.

“Atkins has supported Evergreen 3 from the preliminary design stage but as the detailed design progresses our role will broaden,” said Atkins rail business managing director David Tonkin.

“We now have 250 engineers involved in the project and along with providing unrivalled expertise in signalling design, Atkins’ track and station designers will be working with our civil and rail engineers, geotechnical experts, surveyors, ecologists, and environmental and telecoms engineers. A project such as Evergreen 3 requires an exceptional array of skills and it will give Atkins the chance to showcase the depth and breadth of our engineering and design capability.”

The first stage of the Evergreen 3 upgrade from Banbury to London’s Marylebone station will be followed by the construction of a new rail link between Oxford and the Chiltern Mainline via a new stretch of line in Bicester. This is subject to Transport and Works Act approval. The link, planned for delivery by 2013, is set to be the first new rail line between London and a major UK city in over 100 years. Atkins has also won the contract to provide the detailed design on this new section.

The infrastructure upgrade will be carried out by BAM Nuttall under their contract with Chiltern Railways. Atkins, will sub-contract to BAM Nuttall. The initial upgrade will b.e delivered in time for the London 2012 Games

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