Jacobs Appointed East West Rail Program Partner
Intersects all main north-south transport links from London, enabling economic growth
DALLAS, July 16, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Jacobs (NYSE:J) has been appointed as the East West Rail program partner, providing a significant integration role across a diverse supply chain during the three-year development phase of this program to construct a new rail link between Oxford and Cambridge.
As program partner, Jacobs unites world-class technical skills and best practice to drive opportunities for program innovation and outcome-focused benefits for the communities in the region. East West Rail estimates the contract value at $50 million (£35 million) over three years.
"East West Rail's intention to be a force for industry change and for the people and communities it will serve aligns with Jacobs' vision for creating a more connected and sustainable world," said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President Europe and Digital Strategies Donald Morrison. "This rail line will reconnect Oxford and Cambridge, separated since the closure of the 'Varsity Line' in the 1960s, and provide a sustainable transport link between Oxford, Bicester, Milton Keynes, Bedford and Cambridge."
The project intersects all the main north-south transport links from London and is key to enabling economic growth, jobs and new housing in the surrounding region. As a benchmark for future rail programs, it will also bring national benefits through enabling developments elsewhere that improve connections across the U.K.
Jacobs has committed to work with social enterprise partnerships, voluntary and community sector organizations, and small and medium–sized enterprises to deliver a program of social value including promoting the social mobility of young people and vulnerable adults in the region. An investment in sustainability innovation reflects Jacobs' passion for protecting the environment and supporting better social outcomes.
Program elements embrace upskilling, mentoring and support across areas such as business and finance planning, branding and leadership coaching, as well as guidance and tools – including Jacobs' One Million Lives free online mental health check-in tool designed to enhance users' understanding of their current state of mind and provide proactive strategies for personal mental health development.
EWR Co Program Delivery Director Ian Parker said: "A project of the complexity and size of East West Rail requires a wide range of different types of resource as it develops. In this critical, yet early stage of our development as a business, it is vital that we have access to people who are at the top of their field across various areas of our business on a flexible basis. Jacobs will support us as we work towards creating a permanent workforce and build relationships with Enterprise partners into the future.
"A key aspect of our decision was the commitment that Jacobs have made for social value outcomes along the route. As well as Jacobs' internationally renowned reputation for world-class technical skills, they also have a proven track record in delivering strong, impactful social value – and are passionate about protecting the environment and promoting social mobility. These values are something that are at the core of what we want to achieve at EWR Co, delivering real difference for the communities along the route that we will serve."
At Jacobs, we're challenging today to reinvent tomorrow by solving the world's most critical problems for thriving cities, resilient environments, mission-critical outcomes, operational advancement, scientific discovery and cutting-edge manufacturing, turning abstract ideas into realities that transform the world for good. With $14 billion in revenue and a talent force of approximately 55,000, Jacobs provides a full spectrum of professional services including consulting, technical, scientific and project delivery for the government and private sector. Visit jacobs.com and connect with Jacobs on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.
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