Last November, the UK government announced it would be investing £48bn into the UK’s rails network across the CP6 period. This was £10bn more than in CP5.
In June of this year Network Rail opened up the bidding process for its £5bn track works framework and is set to appoint 3 consortiums to carry out refurbishments and renewal works on tracks across CP6 and CP7.
The client is looking for three consortium outfits made up of contractors and designers to carry out works across North (Scotland routes), Central (the East Midlands plus the London to North-west / North-east routes) and the South (Western, Wales, Wessex, South-east and Anglia routes).
Two frameworks worth a total of £4.65bn for Control Period 6 which covers design and construction were launched. £4bn for the Western and Wales framework, split into 2 geographical lots covering Network Rail’s Western route and one for its Wales lines.
The rail client also released a prior information notice for £650m design services framework which will be split into 11 lots covering buildings, architecture, civils & structures, geotechnical work, signalling, plant and environmental jobs. The framework is expected to run for the five years of CP6, with the potential to be extended to eight years.
The Western route will be split into 2 sub-lots which will cover projects up to £4m and another for jobs between £4m and £30m. Both lots will last for an initial three years, with the option of a 5-year extension based on performance; & will include building and civil engineering works as well as renewals, signalling, power, telecoms and associated M&E.
The Wales framework will be split into four sub-lots: civil engineering renewals, enhancements and reactive schemes; geotechnical (earthworks and drainage) contracts; work on metallic structures; and signalling, power and communications work.
Prequalification questionnaires are due in for the week commencing 24 September, with ITTs being issued the week commencing 18 February 2019. Winners are expected to be announced in October 2019.
Network Rail will run a supplier engagement day for the design services framework at the start of September.