Freightliner, GB Railfreight, Direct Rail Services, DB Cargo UK and Colas Rail UK were awarded by the Network Rail contracts on rail haulage and seasonal services contracts, with a total value of GPB 800 million (EUR 923.3 million). DB Cargo UK, GB Railfreight and Freightliner will also operate Network Rail’s supply chain operations local distribution centres in CP6, with a focus on improving facilities and safety for better working practices and performance.
The contracts for the haulage and operations of Network Rail’s engineering trains and seasonal treatment services will run under Control Period 6, from 2019 to 2024.
As part of the seasonal services contracts, Balfour Beatty and DB Cargo UK will be providing the weedspray and autumn/winter multipurpose (MPV) services in CP6. Rail head treatment train (RHTT) autumn services will be operated by DB Cargo UK, Direct Rail Services, Colas Rail UK, GB Railfreight and Freightliner. GB Railfreight will be operating the snow and ice treatment trains (SITT) while Direct Rail Services will operate the winter development train.
The new contracts will help to drive improvements in performance and delivery for more reliable services for passengers and freight.
“The new contracts provide us with sufficient flexibility to direct our spend to those suppliers who deliver the best service. We have also ensured the deals have appropriate mutual benefit to maximise their longevity and chance of delivering successfully,” Rob Morton, director of supply chain operations, Network Rail, said.
The haulage and seasonal services contracts are divided into 8 lots.
Possession trains carry materials and other supplies between local distribution centres and engineering work sites. Network and bulk ballast trains provide a flow of materials from quarries to the local distribution centres where they are stored ready for maintenance and renewals on the railway.