Oxford Town Hall, Oxford
Provisional Date & Time
8am, Sept 30, 2021
5+ Professionals
400 Seats

About East West Main Line 2021

A region bursting with talent and economic potential, the major project that is the East-West Rail link connects the Oxford-Cambridge arc and drives forward one of the most innovative and exciting areas in the country, including the upcoming works on the Central Section of the route, which has almost unanimous support from councils, MPs, LEPs and Chambers of Commerce.

Last year in the Autumn Spending Review, the government declared the rail link as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project, placing the route at the top of the nation’s priorities to accelerate development in the region. In March, the East West Rail Company published its official short-term Invitation to Tender for self-powering rolling stock units. East West Rail Company is also seeking specialist partners for management systems integration and engineering management, amongst other specialisms.

To find out more and hear first-hand information into some of the region’s key priorities please contact the team at enquiry@peloton-events.co.uk, or phone 0161 519 8950.



Our Speakers

Jeremy Long

Jeremy Long

Chairman (Oxfordshire Local Enterprise Partnership)
Maggie Simpson

Maggie Simpson

Director General (Rail Freight Group)
Mark Shaw

Mark Shaw

Chairman of the Western Section (EWR)
Martin Tugwell

Martin Tugwell

Programme Director (England’s Economic Heartland)
Mary Hewitt

Mary Hewitt

Managing Director (Chiltern Railways)
Alexander Nicoll

Alexander Nicoll

Deputy Cabinet Member for Transport (SCC)

Event Schedule


08.00 – 09.00 Breakfast, Tea/Coffee & Networking

09.15 – 09.30 Opening address, Daniel Zeichner, MP Cambridge & Shadow Minister for DEFRA
Session 1: Progress so far
09.30 – 09.45 East West Railway Company (invited)
09.45 – 10.00 Jeremy Long, chair at Oxfordshire LEP and CEO of MTR Corporation
10.00 – 10.15 Martin Tugwell, programme director at England’s Economic Heartlands
10.15 – 10.45 Clare Mahoney, head of strategic planning, Network Rail
10.45 – 11.15 Refreshments & Networking
Session 2: East, West, and Central
11.20 – 11.35 Sue Clark, vice-chair at East West Rail Consortium
11.35 – 11.50 Cllr Mark Shaw, chairman at East West Rail Consortium
11.50 – 12.20 Panel discussion
12.25 – 12.55 Technical Seminars
13.00 – 14.00 Lunch & Networking
14.00 – 14.30 Technical Seminars

Session 3: Wider benefits and future options
14.30 – 14.45 HS2 Ltd (invited)
14.45 – 15.00 Mary Hewitt, interim managing director at Chiltern Railways
15.00 – 15.15 Daniel Round, Network Rail
15.15 – 15.45 Future planning and route options:
 • Cllr Alexander Nicoll (chair of the East West Rail Eastern Section)
 • Maggie Simpson, director general, Rail Freight Group
 • Yvonne Constance, Oxfordshire County Council
 • Central section spokesperson, TBC

15.45 – 16.00 Network Rail Intelligent Infrastructure, speaker TBC
16.00 – 17.00 Post-event drinks reception

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