Track and signalling

14.02.19

TfL awards £220m contract to Balfour Beatty for tube track renewals

Balfour Beatty has won a £220m contract from TfL to carry out track renewals on the London Underground.

The four-year contract encompasses all aspects of track renewals including track, points and crossings, and trackside drainage across over 1,000km on the network.

Starting from April 2019, Balfour Beatty will carry out the tube track renewals for TfL, carrying on from a previous eight-year contract between the two.

TfL said the track renewals will play a vital role in supporting line upgrades and maintaining day-to-day service levels.

London Underground’s director for renewals & enhancements, Caroline Sheridan, said: “Track maintenance and renewal is an essential part of keeping London moving.

“This contract will help us to continue to provide better, more reliable journeys for our customers, while continuing to drive staff safety.”

Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty’s chief executive for rail and utilities, welcomed the news and said it was testament to the company’s continued focus on driving innovative solutions.

He added: “Utilising our deep knowledge and unrivalled expertise of the rail infrastructure market, we will continue to upgrade this renowned underground network and keep London moving.”

The contract was unveiled in June last year, with TfL inviting firms to bid for the four-year delivery of the track renewals.

TfL said the deal is part of the continued modernisation of the underground being delivered by London mayor Sadiq Khan’s transport strategy.

David Wylie, TfL’s chief procurement officer, commented: “This contract is designed to promote a strong working relationship between London Underground and Balfour Beatty.

“The contract has incentives built in that create a strong focus on safe and reliable delivery allowing TfL to maintain the best possible safety standards and ensuring a reliable service for its customers. The agreement also encourages consistent improvement and innovation while controlling costs.”

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