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Network Rail announces £1.5bn signalling work team

Network Rail has awarded framework agreements for signalling projects worth £1.5bn to Invensys Rail, Signalling Solutions and Atkins, it confirmed yesterday.

These contracts cover the majority of Network Rail’s signalling work aimed at modernisation, delivering efficiency savings and maintaining safety in the face of rising passenger numbers.

Starting on 2 April, the contracts will run for the remaining two years of the Control Period 4 but can be extended by Network Rail to cover the whole period up to 2019.

“These new frameworks represent a seven-year commitment by suppliers, allowing us to work closely with them to develop long-term plans for work to be carried out more quickly and efficiently,” said Network Rail managing director of infrastructure projects Simon Kirby.  

“The length of the agreements, coupled with a visible workload, will provide much-needed stability throughout the supply chain and drive further cost savings and innovation across our signalling renewals and enhancements activities.”

Signalling Solutions (SSL) is a 50/50 joint venture between Alstom and Balfour Beatty. It said the contract would bring “security and growth” to the company.

Atkins said that its contract with Network Rail, run over seven years, could pull in revenue of up to £400M.

Proposed route-based framework areas:

Framework areaPrimary contractorSecondary contractor
Central (west)InvensysSSL
Central (east)SSLInvensys
Wales & WestInvensysSSL
Great Western (inner)SSLInvensys
Great Western (outer)SSLInvensys
Anglia & KentAtkinsSSL
Sussex & WessexAtkinsInvensys

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