Amey wins Design Consultancy contract to modernise Key Commuter line

04 October 2006
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Amey’s Owen Williams business stream today announced it has won a contract to provide outline design development work on the £200m Bletchley Milton Keynes Remodelling and Resignalling project.

This section of the route will address the planned Milton Keynes population growth of 80 percent by 2031 by increasing train capacity at Milton Keynes Central Station. One of the key drivers for this scheme is the decision by the Department for Communities and Local Government (formerly Office of the Deputy Prime Minister) to increase the number of homes in the South East of England.

Owen Williams will be providing designs for permanent way, bridges and platforms, overhead line, earthworks, all structures, foundations, mechanical and electrical engineering design, and power solutions. The project is due for completion at Milton Keynes in December 2008, and at Bletchley in August 2010.

Since 1998, Owen Williams, part of Amey plc, has been involved in the West Coast Main Line project, responsible for the optioneering, feasibility and design of a number of works to increase capacity and allow 125mph trains through Nuneaton station.

Chris Webster, Executive Director, Amey, said: “Urban expansion obviously requires improved public transport links and we are glad to be working with Network Rail to modernise the rail infrastructure in an area that is currently experiencing rapid growth. Owen Williams has been working with Network Rail for the last 12 months on the preliminary stages of this project and we are pleased to be offering a complete end-to-end service having been awarded this recent contract.”

Owen Williams will also be providing a core team of senior engineering personnel, project management staff and specialists to work alongside the Network Rail Development Team.

Notes to the Editor
Amey is a leading provider of integrated business and infrastructure services to the public and private sector and is working closely with central and local government to develop major projects, including PFI and PPP projects, in the education, health, transport and defence sectors. Services range from the management of large scale transportation infrastructure to the delivery of professional and back office services, all of which are underpinned by leading-edge technology and a genuine partnering philosophy.  Since 2003, Amey has been part of Grupo Ferrovial, one of the largest services and construction groups in Europe.

In February 2006 Amey acquired professional support services provider, Owen Williams. Owen Williams is the professional services division of Amey, providing management and consultancy services, for clients in strategic highways and transportation, railways, operational services and local government sectors.

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