Mark Bostock is a highly experienced economic consultant with particular skills in transport. His early roles included advising President Kenneth Kaunda on a wide range of issues in Zambia and Kenyan Ministers on the break-up of the East African Community.
In 1980 Mark was invited to set up an economic and planning consultancy capability within Arup. In the early 1990s he was responsible for developing an alternative route for the Channel Tunnel Rail Link to that promoted by British Rail.
The Arup alignment was accepted by Government in October 1991. Mark represented Arup on the Board of London & Continental Railways, which in 1996 won the PFI Bid to own and operate European Passenger Services (the operators of Eurostar) and to design, build and operate the new 109km railway linking the Channel Tunnel with London at St Pancras via Stratford – a £6.2bn investment. Renamed HS1, the new infrastructure was commissioned on time and on budget on 14 November 2007 in the presence of HM The Queen. Studies show it has created at least £25bn of regeneration benefits for London and the South East.
Mark was responsible for the Arup study commissioned by the UK Government, the Greater London Authority and the British Olympic Committee to establish the likely costs and benefits of the bidding, staging and legacy phases of a potential London Olympic Bid for 2012. London’s success was in large part due to the Stratford site’s connections to London and Europe via HS1.
Mark has been honoured by the Institution of Civil Engineers with an honorary FICE for his “prominence and high reputation” in transport infrastructure and operation.