Network Rail has confirmed the latest preferred bidders for its £1.5 billion track upgrade plans over the next decade.
This contract, which will include projects in London North West, London North East and the East Midlands routes has been awarded to Balfour Beatty, TSO and SNC-Lavalin’s Atkins business.
Set to run for the next decade, the track upgrade works will deliver significant improvements in Central England, with track, points, overhead lines and signalling all benefiting.
With the growing importance on decarbonisation of the railway, the need to install overhead lines is expected to grow over the coming years, and this contract is part of wider track upgrade plans that have seen other organisations given preferred bidder status.
This includes Babcock Rail, Arup and Arcadis for Scotland, and Colas Rail and AECOM for the South; the contract awarded to Balfour Beatty, TSO and Atkins will ensure upgrades for the whole of the UK’s rail system.
Balfour Beatty’s Group Chief Executive, Leo Quinn, said: “As one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers, Balfour Beatty is proud to be part of the alliance appointed to ensure reliability of the UK’s rail network.
“Our expertise will be focused on driving innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, safer rail infrastructure.
“We believe that industry collaboration is the way to drive higher efficiency and service standards. Network Rail’s new alliance model is a great step forward in rail contract procurement.”
The contract is subject to terms being finalised and agreed; it will consist of an initial five-year period with the option to extend for a further five years, and is the final contract of this type awarded for the three new geographically-focused alliances between Network Rail, designers and construction suppliers.
It also highlights a pipeline of work that will be available to suppliers and SMEs in the rail sector.