JARVIS RAIL and Arup were this week appointed as technical advisors to the government team set up to develop the company limited by guarantee (CLG) bid to take over Railtrack.
Details of the bidding process will not be available until at least the end of the month, and bids are not expected before summer.
The CLG bid, which involves a not for profit company taking over Railtrack, is being financed by the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA). This is the government's preferred option for Railtrack, which was put into administration in October (NCE 11 October).
Under the Railways Act, Railtrack administrator Ernst & Young will consider and recommend suitable options for Railtrack to transport secretary Stephen Byers.
Arup and Jarvis will commit a number of senior personnel to the CLG. They will not be financial stakeholders, but charge a consultancy fee to the CLG.
Jarvis, which carries out a quarter of the maintenance work and nearly two thirds of the renewal work on the network, insists there is no conflict of interest, and that the consultancy work will be separate from its work as a Railtrack contractor.
Iain Coucher, chief executive of Underground upgrade contractor Tube Lines Group, has been appointed managing director of the CLG bid team.
Tube Lines is preferred bidder for the privately funded Jubilee Northern & Piccadilly lines upgrade concession for London Underground.