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08.04.16

NR offers maintenance and safety contracts worth up to £15m for Melton RIDC

Contracts worth between £6m-£15m are being offered for maintenance of Network Rail’s testing centre at Melton.

The contracts, for operation and maintenance services at the Rail Innovation and Development Centre (RIDC), are due to start on 1 April next year and run for two years, with the potential to be extended to five years.

The Leicestershire centre is used for testing and validation of trains, infrastructure and equipment and features a 13-mile test track, maintenance shed, sidings, 25 kv AC OHL, 3rd and 4th DC rail configuration, tunnels, a noise test site, and a conductor beam is capable of train testing up to 125 mph.

The operation contract, worth roughly £4m-£10m, is to supply suitably qualified and trained staff to act as operations safety managers and line controllers. They will oversee areas including insuring compliance with industry standards, environmental preparedness and site and asset management.

The maintenance contract, worth £2m-£5m, is for inspection, maintenance and repairs of the site and provision of technical expertise.

Bidders can submit tenders for either contract or both. Applicants should submit bids by 6 May and are then required to attend supplier workshops at the Centre on 16 and 18 May.

(Image c. Network Rail)

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