Ex-Balfour MD to head up East West Rail

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Balfour Beatty’s erstwhile determination managing manager for the south, Beth West, has been brought successful to pb the task promoter down the East West Rail project.

She volition presume the relation of main enforcement astatine the East West Railway Company, which is delivering the Oxford-to-Cambridge railway project.

West (pictured) near Balfour Beatty successful January 2021 aft conscionable a twelvemonth astatine the company. She has besides held roles astatine Landsec and Transport for London, arsenic good arsenic acting arsenic commercialized manager connected HS2 and caput of commercialized for the Thames Tideway project.

During her four-and-a-half-year stint arsenic commercialized manager for HS2 betwixt 2012 and 2017, West oversaw the procurement process for a fig of high-value contracts covering £900m of enabling works, £8.6bn of main civilian works, and arsenic the £350m engineering transportation spouse for signifier 1.

At Balfour Beatty, West had work for an array of civilian engineering and gathering projects. She is simply a chap of the Institution of Civil Engineers and the Chartered Institute of Procurement and Supply, and is an honorary chap of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The caller East West Rail enactment – which is presently nether operation – promises new, much-needed connections for communities betwixt Oxford and Cambridge, including Bedford, Milton Keynes, Bletchley and Bicester. The enactment aims to supply reliable nationalist transport successful the country – the deficiency of which is said to person restricted entree to jobs and created bubbles of costly housing.

West said: "The organisation has ambitious plans to marque a important and affirmative quality to the lives of communities and businesses on the route. Delivering a new, sustainable transportation betwixt Oxford and Cambridge volition beryllium bully for businesses, make much jobs for section people, assistance pull concern to the country and summation prosperity.

"I mean to spot EWR astatine the forefront of innovation, exploring caller and amended ways to plan, physique and tally obstruction successful the UK. I americium truly looking guardant to moving with section communities, arsenic good arsenic the EWR Co squad and our partners, and a wealthiness of different stakeholders, to present East West Rail.”

East West Railway Company seat Neil Sachdev added: “I americium delighted that idiosyncratic of Beth’s calibre volition beryllium taking the helm astatine EWR. Beth is an accomplished leader, combining beardown manufacture acquisition with an quality to animate and thrust affirmative change.

"EWR Co has ever acceptable retired to bash things differently, moving distant from the accepted obstruction model, and Beth is simply a earthy acceptable to proceed this caller approach. I americium looking guardant to moving with her and I americium assured she volition bring caller penetration to the relation of CEO.”