Network Rail has awarded six multi-million-pound signalling and telecoms framework contracts totalling £750M.
The signalling and telecoms frameworks are split into six geographical lots. They have been awarded to VolkerRail Special Businesses (London North West), Atkins (Anglia, South East and Wessex), Linbrooke Services (London North East), Babcock Rail (Scotland), Colas Rail (Western) and Siemens Mobility (Wales).
The frameworks will deliver projects of varying value, including stand-alone level crossings, stand-alone major telecoms and related civils works.
Network Rail commercial director for signalling Martin Robinson said that the new contracts were the first in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for the new Control Period 6 spending programme which runs from 2019 to 2024. The approach reflects the different types of signalling work which it will deliver.
“The framework’s approach using fewer contractors will help bring them closer to Network Rail and the routes/ regions and make further progress in working more collaboratively,” he said. “We will continue to build on the successful relationships we already have with our suppliers and look forward to working with them all going forward.”
The remaining two tiers, minor and major signalling, targeted at simple component replacement and major re-signalling and re-control work respectively, will complete the three-tier strategy and will be awarded in June 2019 and January 2020.
The framework is one of the most substantial of Network Rail’s CP6 contracts to be awarded following the Office of Rail and Road’s final determination, which confirmed £35bn of funding for rail maintenance and renewals under Control Period 6 in October last year.
Signalling and Telecoms framework (values by lot):
- Lot 1 London North West – VolkerRail Special Businesses £175M (£150M to £250M)
- Lot 2 Anglia, South East and Wessex – Atkins £175M (£150M to £250M)
- Lot 3 London North East – Linbrooke Services £125M (£100M to £200M)
- Lot 4 Scotland – Babcock Rail £150M (£100M to £200M)
- Lot 5 Western – Colas Rail £75M (£50M to £125M)
- Lot 6 Wales – Siemens Mobility £50M (£25M to £100M)