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06.11.17

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

Network Rail has awarded two major contracts to Carillion to deliver part of the Midland Mainline improvement programme.

The first contract will see Carillion upgrade the existing track on the route from London to Corby, and is expected to generate £62m over the next two and a half years.

The second contract has been awarded to Carillion Powerlines as part of the Midland Mainline Electrification programme.

Carillion Powerlines, a 50:50 joint venture with Powerlines Group, will complete the electrification of the route from London to Corby.

Over the next three years it is expected that the contract will generate a revenue of around £260m for the partnership, and will commence shortly.

Keith Cochrane, Carillion interim chief executive, said: “We are pleased to have agreed these awards with Network Rail, demonstrating that we continue to have the support of key customers and win important new contracts. 

“The Group faces significant challenges, but we remain focused on executing our disposals programme, taking cost out and strengthening our balance sheet.”

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Comments

Mmlred   06/11/2017 at 12:50

Does this include the uprating of existing wires from London to Bedford to allow 125mph electric running?

Huguenot   06/11/2017 at 13:05

Excellent question, Mmired! Let's hope that they use the new Master Series OHLE equipment north of Bedford so that we aren't saddled with the high-cost and over-engineered metalwork that they are putting in on the GWML.

Andrew Gwilt   07/11/2017 at 00:16

So the MML electrification will only go as far as Corby and Kettering. Whilst Bi-Mode Trains are the best option to replace the Class 43 HST’s and to transfer the Class 222’s on other routes across the East Midlands aswell operating the London-Lincoln and Skegness services via Newark Castle.

Ryan   07/11/2017 at 09:26

Bi-modes are not the best option Andrew. Please don't be duped into thinking that.

Roger, Sheffield & Glossop   07/11/2017 at 13:57

Thing is, Mmired, let's hope they ONLY go for 125mph & not for the mad 140mph "just in case" which has blighted the GWML & left the Pendolino fleet with parts like the automatic vents on the HVACs - expensively overhauled despite never having been used in anger!

Andrew Gwilt   07/11/2017 at 23:08

Don’t make me laugh @Ryan. Yh of course Bi-Mode trains are ideal for the Midland Main Line.

Ryan   08/11/2017 at 13:28

Don't make you laugh? I'm currently working on the IEP testing for Network Rail. So I'm in a good position to comment on bi-modes. What do you do?

ICN   08/11/2017 at 15:36

5 car Class 800 (muzzled) - 2250 horse power 5 car Class 802 (un-muzzled) - 2820 horse power 5 car Class 222 Meridian - 3750 horse power Do the maths!

Andrew Gwilt   10/11/2017 at 04:44

Working as a customer service adviser.

Boris   13/11/2017 at 10:15

Nice. Good to hear you're working on your customer service skills.

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