Network Rail awards five CP6 signalling contracts worth $3.09bn


Network Rail, the owner and infrastructure manager of most of the railway network in Great Britain, has awarded five CP6 signalling contracts worth £2.4bn ($3.09bn) to help deliver a more reliable railway for passengers.

The contracts, which will be delivered for the next five years, are expected to improve the railway signalling systems and allow more trains to run.

The five contracts for Control Period 6 will run until 2024 and have an option to extend for the first two years of Control Period 7 (CP7), which is until 2026 that total brings the contracts values to £3.6bn ($4.63bn).

By improving the reliability, the delay in the arrival of trains will be reduced apart from increasing the capacity for both passenger and freight rail.

The CP6 signalling contracts, which became active on 31 January this year, are split into five geographical lots and have been awarded to Alstom, Siemens Mobility and a joint venture between Hitachi Rail STS UK and Linbrooke Services.

Alstom has been awarded framework contracts to deliver signalling services to Southern Region and Eastern region of UK.

The signalling renewal contract for Scotland Region and North West & Central region was awarded to Siemens Mobility.

The joint venture between Hitachi Rail STS UK and Linbrooke Services has secured signalling contract for Wales & Western region.

Additionally, Siemens Mobility has also been awarded an eight-year framework contract to provide support services for all its signalling equipment across the rail network.

Network Rail said that it is focused on pursuing new commercial approach with an aim to get better deals with the supply chain to deliver a better-value railway for passengers.

Alstom UK and Ireland managing director Nick Crossfield said: “Signalling is the backbone of a safe, reliable and high performance rail network for passengers.

“We will be increasing the use of digital technology and automation, reducing cost and increasing reliability, and building on successful projects such as the Bristol Area Signalling Renewals and Enhancements Alstom delivered in the Western region last year.”

Network Rail operates 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and several signals, level crossings and stations. It runs 20 of the UK's largest stations.


The signalling contracts help to deliver more reliable railway networks for passengers. (Credit: Network Rail)

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