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Railtrack to choose key suppliers

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RAILWAY CONTRACTORS will find out in the next few weeks if they are among the few key suppliers Railtrack wants to work with after its latest supply chain restructure.

Railtrack major projects and investment director Simon Murray is poised to invite top track and structures contractors to discuss ways of rationalising its supply chains over the next few weeks.

The move is the latest step in Murray's plan to revamp procurement. The network manager has more than 1,100 suppliers and wants to rationalise this.

Railtrack plans to set up several strategic groups with its suppliers in different disciplines. It wants to form closer ties to improve the management of resources which are expected to become short as the number of major rail projects spirals.

Six initial strategic supply groups have been identified - signalling, professional services (technical consultants), structures, track, maintenance and information technology. Railtrack has already met with signalling and technical firms (NCE 10 February).

A Railtrack spokesman said: 'The current supply and contracts chain is dealing with IMC2 and IMC2000 maintenance contracts. The relationship with the strategic supply chain is one of the key areas to look at in the future.'

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