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Network Rail slashes its framework list

Network Rail has revealed plans to cut its multi-asset framework of 14 firms down to six partnerships in a bid to save up to 20% in costs, and months lost in procurement.

The efficiency initiative was launched in May and the rail infrastructure operator and owner said that the plan was to move towards a more collaborative approach, which will see the contractors involved earlier on the combined signalling, track and civils projects.

“It’s a step-change in how we behave and operate”

Network Rail managing director investment projects Simon Kirby

“It’s a step-change in how we behave and operate,” Network Rail managing director investment projects Simon Kirby said.

Previously, 14 firms were appointed to the £1bn Multi-Asset Enhancement framework up to 2014. Now six firms − Balfour Beatty Rail, Buckingham, Carillion, Colas/Morgan Sindall, C Spencer and VolkerFitzpatrick − will be aligned to regions and, unlike previously, will no longer have to bid for the now £750M worth of work.

They will also be involved in the projects at an earlier stage.

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  • Interesting. How does this square with the Prime Minister's stated intent to open up public procurment to more middle-sized firms rather than just a few big ones? Or am I missing something?

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