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17.12.13

Four contractors win places on £1.2bn Network Rail frameworks

The preferred suppliers have been announced for Network Rail’s four enhancements, buildings and civils frameworks in London and the South East for Control Period 5, worth a total of £1.2bn.

VolkerFitzpatrick won the Anglia contract, Costain the framework for Kent, BAM Nuttall in Sussex, and Geoffrey Osborne for Wessex.  

The framework agreements will come into force on 1 April 2014 and work will include platform extensions on key commuter routes, station enhancements, new footbridges, and upgrades to bridges, embankments and tunnels.

The agreements include shared objectives to enable both parties to share risk and reward more collaboratively. Safety also accounted for 15% of the evaluation criteria for suppliers.

Nick Elliott, southern regional director for infrastructure projects, Network Rail, said: “The number of people travelling by rail has more than doubled in the last decade and is predicted to grow by a further 400m by 2020. 

“To help meet this growth in demand, our plans for the next five years will help deliver a 20% increase in the number of seats into London at the busiest times of day. We’ll do this not only through big, high-profile schemes, but also by targeted investment to lengthen platforms, improve stations, increase accessibility and make our infrastructure more reliable across London and the south east. I look forward to working with our suppliers to build a bigger, better railway for passengers in and around the capital and to help support the region’s economic growth. 

“Safety is at the heart of everything we do, so it is right that we reflect that in the way we choose our supply partners. This represents a significant change to the way we assess safety and underlines our commitment to delivering a fundamental improvement in workforce safety within the rail industry.”

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