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Network Rail in US framework deal

Network Rail Consulting has secured a foothold in the United States rail market after it was appointed to the Amtrak Northeast Corridor Partner Forum.

The agreement is effectively the first major contract for Network Rail’s international consulting subsidiary, which was established as part of the organisation’s internal reform initiative.

Network Rail Consulting will help to develop the Northeast Corridor (NEC) rail network along the east coast of the US between Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Washington.

The corridor carries over 750,000 passengers and 2,000 trains every day, on infrastructure similar in age and capacity to that of the UK.

US rail operator Amtrak wants to carry out a major route upgrade for high speed rail services.

“We believe we have much to offer other railways around the world and we are eager to support Amtrak on this key initiative,” said Network Rail Consulting chairman Simon Kirby.

“We look forward to helping further develop rail in the United States, sharing the best of British engineering and ingenuity.”

Amtrak vice president of NEC infrastructure and investment Stephen Gardner said: “Network Rail will bring valuable experience to the group and make a significant contribution as Amtrak sets out on its vision for high speed rail.”

Network Rail Consulting’s stated objectives are to demonstrate British expertise overseas and be an international ambassador for Britain’s rail industry.

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