Contracts worth millions of pounds have been awarded by Network Rail for Control Period 6 (CP6) contracts in Scotland and North East.
The start of the next five-year funding period is drawing ever closer; the contracts will commence in April and it is the largest ever investment on Britain’s railways, with £35 billion allocated between 2019 and 2024.
Network Rail has already awarded contracts since the confirmation that the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) approved the spending plans – which met the regulator’s needs to spend more on safety and reliability.
And now, the owner and operator of England’s railways has allocated £467 million worth of projects for Scotland and North East.
BAM Nuttall has been awarded a renewals and enhancement framework worth £320 million, which will result in the replacement and refurbishment of structures across routes in Scotland and North East, delivering notable improvements at stations.
Two further Geotech frameworks – worth a total of £147 million – have been awarded to Story Contracting and QTS; the former has already been awarded a CP6 contract that covers renewals and enhancements in Scotland.
The latest contracts are significant because they complete the procurement activity for Scotland and North East, which is expected to be one of the largest work banks during CP6.
All projects are for five years, but for the Geotech framework, there are options to extend these projects for a further two years.
Kris Kinnear is the Interim Regional Director for Scotland and North East. He commented: “Work to renew our infrastructure is increasingly important to improve reliability for our passengers, and making sure we have the right suppliers to deliver those improvements is paramount.
“We look forward to working closely with our supply chain to build on the progress that has already been made and ultimately, build a better railway for our customers.
“Significant five-year contracts not only benefit our key supply chain partners, but the thousands of companies who work for them too, providing them with the surety they need to invest in their people, innovation and value for money.”