Five framework contracts to improve railway signalling systems during Control Period 6 (CP6) are now live.
Network Rail has confirmed that the frameworks went live on 31 January, split into five geographical lots; Alstom were awarded the contract for the Southern Region and Eastern region; for the Scotland Region and North West & Central region, Siemens Mobility Ltd won the contracts; and finally, a joint venture between Hitachi Rail STS UK Ltd and Linbrooke Services Ltd will work on railway signalling on the Wales & Western region.
Set to run during CP6 – which started on 1 April 2019 and will run to the end of March 2024, the five frameworks are worth an estimated £2.4 billion.
All have the potential for extension though, which could see the value rise to £3.6 billion and the contracts run into the first two years of Control Period 7.
They will ensure asset reliability is vastly improved on the railway, while also reducing delays for users – freight operators as well as passengers.
Capacity on the network will also be increased as a result of railway signalling improvements, thereby potentially enabling more trains to run, increasing the number of services.
If more freight services are able to run as a result, it could have a positive effect on the environment; if more lorries transporting goods and services can be taken off the road and moved onto the rail, the CO2 emissions will dramatically decrease.
Paul Wright, Commercial Director at Network Rail, commented: “The major signalling frameworks are the final awards in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for CP6.
“The awards have gone to suppliers that, between them, have many years of signalling experience and will help Network Rail facilitate key signalling renewals safely and efficiently.
“We look forward to working with the successful suppliers to deliver signalling projects that are truly on the side of passengers and freight users.”