Engineering work taking place

Network Rail looks to appoint new Design Development Partner

Network Rail Wales & Western is looking to appoint a Design Development Partner for the region through a 5-8 year framework agreement.

The maximum estimated contract value is expected to be £25m over eight years.

The contract will be a framework agreement and separate task instructions will be given for each workflow.

As part of the procurement process Network Rail will be holding a supplier workshop on April 26th.

This will provide the opportunity to engage with the supply chain on the partnership.

The workshop will consist of an overview of Network Rail’s requirements for the partnership.

These requirements include the roles and responsibilities that will be required of the supplier and the potential nature of the workbank the framework will cover.

The Design Development Partner will be expected to show how they aim to support Network Rail in terms of innovation.

Work as part of the partnership will cover signalling, power, telecommunications, building and civils, track and decarbonisation.

The partner will be expected to provide a wide range of disciplines including:

  • Engineering
  • Project management
  • Risk management
  • Environmental and sustainability management
  • Programme planning
  • Planning and consents management
  • Alignment with green book guidance and cost planning
  • Architectural and highway services, minor works, construction management and principal designer accountability

Network Rail is looking to establish a trusted relationship with a single partner and embrace supply chain innovation through the procurement.

Access the contract notice here to find out more.


RTM Dec 23/Jan 24

Battery Powered Rail on Merseyside

This issue highlights the latest topics within the rail industry, from how the HS2 decision affects rail freight to the draft rail reform bill.                            


View all videos
TransCityRail Banner


South \ 28 09 23
North \ 09 11 23
Mids \ 29 02 24

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.


TransCityRail Midlands

The Midlands accounts for a significant portion of the UK’s rail investment strategy and the government has shown a commitment to investing in rail infrastructure and services in the Midlands region as part of its efforts to improve transportation, boost economic growth, and enhance connectivity.

Every year leaders of industry from Network Rail, HS2, Train Operators, Major Contractors and transport bodies converge at the TransCityRail Midlands conference, exhibition and networking dinner for a day of collaboration, conversation and engagement.

This year the plans for 2024 on Midland Main Line Electrification, HS2 (High-Speed Rail 2), East West Rail, Midlands Connect, Birmingham Curzon Street Station, Station Upgrades, Freight Rail Improvement and much more will be disclosed...

More articles...

View all