Rail contracts for Wales and Western region awarded

Wales and Western regionNetwork Rail has announced that AmcoGiffen, Octavius, BAM Nuttall, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, and Taylor Woodrow are the suppliers involved in delivering GBP 2 billion (EUR 2.28 billion) programme of works over the next 8 years in Wales and Western region.

The six contracts play a key part in a new way of working where Wales and Western region will work collaboratively with the suppliers over a longer term to deliver faster and more efficient projects, achieving greater value for money for the public purse.

The six contracting arrangements are:

  • Wales and Western electrification and plant – AmcoGiffen
  • Wales and Western stations and buildings work contract, covering ongoing maintenance and renewals of canopies, buildings, depots, platform structures, car parks and subways – Octavius
  • Wales and Borders structures – AmcoGiffen
  • Wales and Borders geotechnical and off-track drainage work – BAM Nuttall
  • Western geotechnical and off-track drainage work – Taylor Woodrow
  • Western structures including ongoing maintenance and renewals of assets such as bridges, tunnels, walls and culverts – Morgan Sindall Infrastructure

The contracts cover essential renewals to buildings and structures, like bridges, tunnels, culverts and drainage, as well as supplying and maintaining electrification and plant.

Following industry, government and supplier feedback on best practice, Wales and Western have put in place contracts which will cover electrification and plant, stations, and buildings and civils renewals projects from 2024 to 2029 (the Control Period 7) with options to extend to a maximum total of 8 years.

The electrification and plant portfolio is extremely varied, covering major overhead line interventions to new points heaters, and all the plant at the Severn Tunnel pumping station. The stations work streams includes new stations at North Filton and Henbury in Bristol, Wellington and Cullompton in Devon, and Charfield in South Gloucestershire.

Network Rail says that by packaging the work into one portfolio is expecting efficiencies in time and cost through best use of resources, consistency, continual improvement as well as better coordinated access to the railway and a focus on innovative solutions.

This new approach will enable Wales and Western region and their suppliers to work much more collaboratively across a longer-term pipeline of work, enabling suppliers to better manage their own resources and supply chain, and help them deliver the right project solutions working closely with Network Rail.

In turn, Wales and Western is committed to working with suppliers to find new ways of working in line with the principles of the SPEED approach to project delivery, focusing on the right solutions at the right cost, delivering faster and more efficiently, and providing value for money for taxpayers.

These contracts form part of Wales and Western’s overall programme to develop long term  supply relationships, like that already in place with South Rail System Alliance (Colas and Aecom), and will be followed by similar contracts for signalling later in 2023.

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