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Three contractors named on £1.5bn Network Rail alliance

Track laying

Balfour Beatty, Atkins and TSO have all won places on Network Rail’s £1.5bn Central Track Alliance contract.

The three contractors have been named as the preferred bidders for the contract, which is set to run for and initial five years with an option to extend to 10 years.

Balfour Beatty has won an 80% share in the 10-year alliance which will be responsible for the development, design and delivery of track renewals and crossings, as well as associated infrastructure work across the London North West, London North East and East Midland routes. Atkins has a 10% share and French contractor TSO has a 10% share.

Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said: “As one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers, Balfour Beatty is proud to be part of the alliance appointed to ensure reliability of the UK’s rail network. Our expertise will be focused on driving innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, safer rail infrastructure.

“We believe that industry collaboration is the way to drive higher efficiency and service standards. Network Rail’s new alliance model is a great step forward in rail contract procurement.”

The full contract award is expected in the second quarter of 2019 with work due to commence later this year.

It is the latest appointment for Network Rail’s revamped alliance contracts. In January, Colas and Aecom were named on the alliance covering the south of England, while upgrades in Scotland will be delivered by a JV between Arup, Arcadis and Babcock Rail. 

Network Rail track programme director Steve Featherstone added: “I look forward to working closely with Balfour Beatty, TSO and Atkins to establish our new alliance to deliver great value for the taxpayer and great service for our passengers and freight customers. 

“Reaching this important milestone ensures we will have a stable foundation for the delivery of the core railway infrastructure across Great Britain for the next decade.”

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