Network Rail named Balfour Beatty, TSO and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business the preferred bidder for delivery of track upgrade works for the next decade in Central England. The EUR 1.75 billion ten-year contract includes track, points, and associated overhead lines and signalling.
The announcement is subject to contract terms being finalised and agreed but marks the final 10-year contract (initial 5-year period with an option to extend) of three new geographically-focused alliances between Network Rail, designers and construction suppliers.
“I look forward to working closely with Balfour Beatty, TSO and Atkins to establish our new alliance to deliver great value for the taxpayer and great service for our passengers and freight customers. Reaching this important milestone ensures we will have a stable foundation for the delivery of the core railway infrastructure across Great Britain for the next decade,” Steve Featherstone, Network Rail’s programme director Track, said.
The framework award is one of the most substantial of Network Rail’s CP6 contracts to be let following the Office of Rail and Road’s final determination, which confirmed GBP 35 billion (EUR 41 billion) of funding for rail maintenance and renewals.
The contract follows an announcement earlier this year confirming Babcock Rail, Arup and Arcadis as the preferred bidders for Scotland and Colas Rail and AECOM for the South, completing the full picture of rail system work in the UK.