Network Rail has awarded a Control Period 6 (CP6) contract to support delivery of work within its Safety, Technical and Engineering (STE) Strategic Plan.
Between 2019 and 2024, Network Rail is embarking on its largest ever programme of investment; a number of contracts have already been awarded for work during that period.
And now, Network Rail has announced that both Altran and AECOM will be the recipients of major contracts that support the STE Strategic Plan over the next five years.
STE is the technical authority for Network Rail; it assures the way assets are managed and maintained, assures operations are safe and secure for passengers, assures the way information is managed and that the railway is environmentally sustainable and affordable in the long term.
It helps to deliver national programmes and offer expert services.
As the technical authority to Network Rail, STE has recognised the need for additional support to deliver against its commitments and address peaks in command.
The contracts for both Altran and AECOM will last for the duration of CP6, but will include options to extend by a further two years if work has been successful and the extensions are desired by all parties.
Martin Frobisher, Network Rail’s group safety, technical and engineering director, explained what the contracts will provide for Network Rail.
He said: “The managed services facility is a new, innovative contractual arrangement that has been developed to help us successfully deliver on our CP6 commitments.
“It will be particularly helpful in managing the significant peaks we can experience in work activity, and reduce the pressure those peaks place on our workforce.
“Both Altran and AECOM will provide us with additional capacity and capability to deliver and access to new and innovative ideas from other industries.
“This will ultimately deliver benefits for our passengers and freight users, particularly around safety and reliability.
“This is only the start of the journey and we look forward to working closely with both suppliers to develop and shape the work packages that need to be delivered.”