The winners of the six major signalling and telecoms contracts have been announced by Network Rail, coming in at a total of £750m through Control Period 6.
In London North West, Anglia and Wessex as well as London North East, the framework contracts have been won by VolkerRail, Atkins and Linbrooke. In Wales, Scotland and Western, Colas Rail, Siemens Mobility and Babcock Rail have won the contracts there.
Minor and major signalling will complete the three-tier strategy with the contracts being awarded in June 2019 and January 202. The minor signalling tier is aimed at replacing simple components while the major signalling is focused on significant re-signalling and control.
The awards have gone to suppliers who collectively, have a wide range of experience of working on the railway and will help to continue the progress of key signalling renewals over the coming years.
A new approach has been taken where few contractors have been used. This will help to make better progress through collaborative working and better relationships.
The frameworks will deliver several projects that differ in value but will include stand-alone level crossings, related civils works and stand-alone telecoms. This is thought to be one of the largest CP6 contracts offered by Network Rail after being given the final approval form the ORR for a £42bn investment in improving the railway network.
The programme director for signalling, Kevin Robertshaw has said that the aim is to bring the supplier closer to the client, where there will be an inclusive an integrated way of working when it comes to delivering the signalling works.
This is the first of three framework tiers to be awarded. This forms part of a strategy that makes it possible for Network Rail as well as the signalling supply chain to work together to become more effective.
Recently, Network Rail made an announcement that it was undergoing a major structural reorganisation. This made devolution and regional responsibility as a priority in its new operation model after identifying that significant changes were required. The new model consists of 13 routes and will be supported by five Network Rail regions. The aim is to bring it closer to passengers and train operators.