Kier has been selected by UK operator Network Rail for lot A1 of the North West & Central Region Control Period 7 (CP7) Framework. 

The North West & Central region stretches from London Euston to the West Midlands, the North West of England, and Cumbria, eventually linking with Scotland, in the north of the UK.

The region is also the location of the West Coast Mainline, which is said to be the busiest mixed-use railway in Europe. 

The framework will span from 1 April 2024 to 31 March 2029, with an option to extend for two additional years. 

It encompasses a range of projects valued between £7m ($8.86m) and £200m. 

Kier Transportation rail and aviation managing director Mandy Duncan said: “This is a key strategic win for our rail business and we’re delighted to have been awarded the CP7 North West & Central Regional framework. It’s the first time we’ve been appointed to a Control Period for the region, which provides vital links across the country. 

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“We look forward to working closely with Network Rail and our supply chain to play our part in maintaining and advancing rail infrastructure across the region, demonstrating the ever-growing expertise and technical capabilities in our business.” 

The framework involves civil engineering and building tasks at existing and new stations, depots, platforms, and car parks.  

It also covers lineside buildings and railway engineering works such as signalling, switches and crossings, telecoms, and electrification. 

Kier’s rail division includes multidisciplinary major project capabilities, including in-house signalling design and implementation. 

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