A senior Department for Transport (DfT) official this week stepped into the row between Network Rail and piling specialist Screwfast over the track operator’s procurement policies.
Last week Screwfast technical director Duncan McGregor had hit out at Network Rail’s claims that it encouraged innovation.
“Out of the blue came a most welcome phone call from a senior executive at the DfT, followed up by a friendly email offering a meeting to discuss our problems.”
Duncan McGregor, Screwfast
Instead, McGregor said the rail operator was ineffieicent and bureaucratic (News last week). Network Rail had said it employed a dedicated contact for small suppliers.
But McGregor said he had been unable to find anyone within the company who carried out this new role.
“Then out of the blue came a most welcome phone call from a senior executive at the DfT, followed up by a friendly email offering a meeting to discuss our problems,” he said.
The executive had read last week’s NCE story and has arranged a meeting with Screwfast for next month.