Network Rail is looking for suppliers for a tracks works framework worth an estimated £5bn over the next ten years.
It has published a prior information notice that it is seeking design and installation suppliers to form consortia in order to qualify for the tender process, which will run from May to December this year. Three alliances will be formed between Network Rail and consortia which must be made up of at least one construction contractor and one designer.
The works will be in line with Network Rail’s Control Period 6 (CP6), between 2019 and 2024, and CP7, between 2024 and 2029, and will include design and construction of plain line tracks and switches and crossings, and associated infrastructure works.
Network Rail track director Steve Featherstone said: “This tender represents a major milestone in the development of our strategy for our track infrastructure investment programme.
“It also represents a significant commitment by Network Rail to the rail industry and we are expecting high levels of interest in these contracts from the supply chain. In return, we will be looking for clear and firm commitments from the supply chain to deliver value for Network Rail.”
The tracks works framework is split into three lots divided by regions. Lot 1 is for the Northern region which includes works in Scotland, the Central region, which is lot 2, is for works on London North Western, London North Eastern and East Midlands routes, and lot 3 is the Southern region covering Western, Wales, Wessex, South East and Anglia routes.
The estimated value of the three lots for the first 5 years of the contract including both renewal works and enhancement schemes is £2.5bn, and the total value of the contracts over 10 years is likely to be between £3bn and £5bn.
A supplier event will be held in London on 24 April and interested parties should register by emailing Network Rail.