Network Rail has awarded a mammoth £750 million worth of framework contracts that will see signalling and telecoms delivered throughout the country, as part of Control Period 6 (CP6).
The latest five-year funding period got underway officially on 1 April and over the next half decade, Britain’s railways and its infrastructure will enjoy the most lucrative investment in history.
Renewal and maintenance are both high on the agenda, and this latest contract, will see multi-million pound signalling and telecoms frameworks split into six separate geographical lots.
The signalling and telecoms framework will deliver projects that differ in value and size, including standalone level crossings, standalone major telecoms and related civil works.
Kevin Robertshaw, programme director for signalling, said: “Our strategy for delivering signalling works in CP6 focuses on bringing the supplier closer to the client and facilitating a more integrated way of working.
“This is the first of three framework tiers to be awarded and part of a strategy enabling Network Rail and the signalling supply chain to be more innovative, collaborative and effective.
“I look forward to working with the successful suppliers and making a success of the opportunity ahead of us.”
This framework is one of the most substantial contracts to be let during CP6 by Network Rail, following the final determination which confirmed £35 billion in spending for rail maintenance and renewals.
The six frameworks have been awarded to VolkerRail Special Businesses Ltd for London North West; Atkins Ltd for Anglia, South East and Wessex; Linbrooke Services Ltd for London North East; for Scotland, Babcock Rail Ltd has won the framework; Siemens Mobility Ltd will deliver signalling and telecoms in Wales; and for Western, Colas Rail Ltd will deliver the works.
The remaining two tiers of Network Rail’s three-tier approach to signalling delivery – minor and major signalling – will be awarded in June 2019 and January 2020.