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Amey snaps up WYG rail division

Amey has bought consultant WYG’s rail division to help service its growing workload in the sector.

The deal sees Amey secure almost 100 engineers, ranging from specialist designers and senior managers as well as a portfolio of existing contracts from WYG including a number of professional services frameworks for multi-disciplinary design services.

The move marks a further boost for Amey’s rail consulting capability, which grown in headcount from 200 in 2006 to nearly 1,000 people today. The acquisition enhances Amey’s civils and stations capability and extends its share of the rail market

Last year Amey stunned the consultancy sector by winning all of Network Rail’s Civil Examination Framework Agreements.

The work is worth up to £235M over the next five years. The contract sees it take sole responsibility for all structural assessments across five regions after Network Rail opted to merge 21 existing contracts into five mega-frameworks.

Amey in joint venture with Colas has also been named as preferred bidder for a new £250M contract to operate and maintain Nework Rail’s fleet of high-tech, high-output track renewal systems.

The contract will see more than 2,500km of track - nearly 30% of Network Rail’s total renewals workload - renewed and replaced over the next four years, with £85M in cost savings identified.

Amey chief executive Mel Ewell said the acquisition shows that Amey is committed to achieving sustained growth across the business with a real emphasis on the rail market.

“We are pleased to welcome these additional experts from WYG, who bring strong partnerships with major rail customers as well as expertise and knowledge of the rail market. We look forward to integrating their capability into the business and further developing our rail offering,” he said.

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