Network Rail has awarded a £250 million signalling works contract for Control Period 6 (CP6).
The contract, for minor signalling works, comprises 17 framework contracts that will benefit railways throughout the whole of Britain.
Of the 17 route-based lots, there are two framework contractors for seven of the routes and three framework contractors for the Western route.
Contractors that will provide minor signalling works include Amaro Signalling, AMCO, Amey, Balfour Beatty, Linbrooke, OSL, and Volker Rail.
These organisations will deliver minor signalling and refurbishment works, with all contractors supporting the delivery teams of Network Rail.
It is part of the five-year CP6 – the largest investment in the improvement of Britain’s rail services ever seen.
A major contract has already been awarded for signalling during CP6; in April 2019, a £750 million signalling and telecoms framework was handed out, and more is to come, with a third framework set to be announced next year.
Martin Robinson, Network Rail’s commercial director for signalling, commented: “The minor signalling framework awards are the second awards in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for CP6 which aims to recognise the differing signalling work banks we have to deliver.
“The awards have gone to signalling suppliers that, between them, have many years of experience supporting our maintenance and delivery teams and will help Network Rail continue to improve the signalling asset condition and in turn improve reliability for passengers over the coming years.
“The framework’s approach using fewer contractors will help bring them closer to Network Rail and the routes and make further in working more collaboratively.
“We will continue to build on the successful relationships we already have with our suppliers and look forward to working with them all going forward.”
This framework, like the other signalling framework that went before, is one of the most substantial of Network Rail’s CP6 contracts.