Network Rail awards six contracts worth £750m for delivering signalling across UK


Network Rail has awarded six framework contracts, worth £750m, for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) to deliver signalling and telecoms across the UK.

The signalling and telecoms (S&T) frameworks have been split into six geographical lots:

Lot 1 London North West – VolkerRail Special Businesses £175m (£150 – £250m)

Lot 2 Anglia, South East and Wessex – Atkins £175m (£150 – £250m)

Lot 3 London North East – Linbrooke Services £125m (£100 – £200m)

Lot 4 Scotland – Babcock Rail £150m (£100 – £200m)

Lot 5 Western – Colas Rail £75m (£50 – £125m)

Lot 6 Wales – Siemens Mobility £50m (£25 – £100m)

The contracts will deliver projects of varying value, including stand-alone level crossings, stand-alone major telecoms and related civil works.

Network Rail signalling commercial director Martin Robinson said: “The S&T framework awards are the first awards in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for CP6 which aims to recognise the differing signalling work banks we have to deliver.

“The awards have gone to signalling suppliers that between them, have many years of signalling experience on our railway and will help Network Rail facilitate key signalling renewals over the coming years.

Robinson continued saying: “The framework’s approach using fewer contractors will help bring them closer to Network Rail and the Routes/Regions and make further progress in working more collaboratively.

“We will continue to build on the successful relationships we already have with our suppliers and look forward to working with them all going forward.”

The remaining two tiers, minor and major signalling include replacement of simple component and major re-signalling and re-control respectively. They will complete the three-tier strategy for CP6 signalling delivery which will be awarded this June and next January.

Network Rail signalling programme director Kevin Robertshaw said: “Our strategy for delivering signalling works in CP6 focuses on bringing the supplier closer to the client and facilitating a more integrated way of working.

“This is the first of three framework tiers to be awarded and part of a strategy enabling Network Rail and the signalling supply chain to be more innovative, collaborative and effective.”


Image: Network Rail awards signalling contracts worth £750m. Photo: Courtesy of Network Rail.

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