East West Rail (EWR) is a new railway line being created between Oxford and Cambridge. But it is not being delivered by Network Rail – instead it is being created by East West Railway Company, an organisation set up by Chris Grayling in 2016 when he was transport secretary.
East West Railway Co was created to operate independently from Network Rail so that it could focus all of its attention on the East West Rail project rather than being distracted by other priorities or projects. The aim was to get East West Rail moving more quickly.
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