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Three firms bag £7bn Network Rail contracts

Shoreham viaduct network rail 3to2

Network Rail has awarded Murphy, Bam Nuttall and Geoffrey Osbourne £7bn worth of contracts covering the South of England region for control period 6 (CP6).

The framework will deliver renewals and enhancements in sub-regions of Anglia, South East and Wessex with the contractors acting as strategic delivery partners throughout CP6.

Most of the new enhancement projects will be separately funded on a case-by-case basis in CP6 and beyond, rather than as part of the regulated settlement.

J Murphy & Sons has won Anglia, Bam Nuttall the South East and Geoffrey Osborne has Wessex.

The multi-disciplinary framework will deliver projects of varying value, including stations, buildings and civils, electrifications, power, signalling, telecommunications and track. It is initially in place for five years but there will be an the option of three, one year extensions.

Network Rail said two of the three successful bidders, Bam Nuttall and Geoffrey Osborne, already worked in the South of England region and had delivered schemes including a 100-hour blockade to replace a life-expired bridge in Wandsworth and the upgrade of Shoreham Viaduct.

Network Rail commercial director Southern region Cameron Burns said over the last few years it had made a shift towards working more collaboratively and closer to fewer “key” contractors. This he said had allowed it to deliver major improvements for passengers successfully and safely.

“Given that we are delivering in some of Britain’s busiest stations and on some of the most used routes into the capital, our ability to upgrade the railway with minimal impact on passengers is increasingly important,” he said. “We want to build on this success for CP6 and the relationships we have with our suppliers, and we look forward to working with them all going forward.”

Osborne managing director for infrastructure John Dowsett said: “Winning this CP6 framework is highly significant for us - it sees us further strengthening our rail portfolio and continuing to work with Network Rail, which recognises and values the collaborative approach we bring.”

J Murphy and Sons chief executive John Murphy said: “We are excited to be part of Network Rail’s strategic partnership to deliver CP6,” said Murphy. “We are looking forward to getting started and delivering safely and efficiently to benefit rail passengers across the Anglia route.”

Bam rail director Huw Jones said: “We’re proud of the contribution we’ve made and are excited to be continuing our collaboration with Network Rail, and our supply chain, for the safe delivery of exceptional rail infrastructure.”

Network Rail’s delivery arm for renewals and projects, Infrastructure Projects (IP) is split into four regional areas – Scotland North East, Central, Southern and Western and Wales, and national programmes for Signalling, Track and the pan regional Northern Programme.

Southern is the second region to announce its contract awards. Last month, Scotland and North East awarded two lots within its framework to Story Contracting and AmcoGiffen.

RouteCP6 renewals estimated value


£340M – £460M


£640M – £860M


£280M – £370M


£1.26bn - £1.69bn


RouteCP6 Enhancements


Up to £810M


Up to £1.06bn


Up to £850M


Up to £2.72bn


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