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12.05.14

Multi-million pound track and S&C renewals contracts announced

Network Rail has named the companies to deliver its plain line track works and S&C renewals over the next five years – contracts worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

Following a competitive procurement process, Babcock, Carillion and Colas have been won work across seven geographic lots to deliver conventional plain line track works worth about £375m over CP5:

• Babcock: Western, Wales and Wessex / Scotland / LNW South – £200m over five years

• Carillion: LNW North  / LNE and East Midlands – £100m over five years

• Colas: Kent and Sussex / Anglia – £75m over five years

Switches and crossings (S&C) renewals will be delivered using an ‘alliance’ approach, combining the skills of designer, installer and Network Rail. Tenderers bid as pre-formed alliances with two – Amey Sersa and Colas URS – each winning work on one of two larger alliance areas worth up to £400m over the next ten years.

• Amey Sersa: North alliance (Scotland / LNE and EM / LNW North) – up to £400m over ten years

Colas URS: South alliance (Anglia / Kent and Sussex / Western, Wales and Wessex / LNW South) – up to £400m over ten years

Both contracts will be phased in from late summer 2014, Network Rail says.

A spokesman said: “The contracts will be able to cover both renewals and enhancements, compared to the current contracts which cover just renewals.

“Network Rail is now working with the contractors involved and both the RMT and TSSA to facilitate a safe and effective transition.”

High output track renewals are being ‘insourced’, with staff transferred into Network Rail as full employees. More on that story here.

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