News Four Winners £75m Regional Framework Network Rail

Balfour Beatty and three joint venture companies have made it onto a seven-year £2bn electrification framework with Network Rail.

The framework, which when complete will see more than half of the UK rail network electrified – has been split into six geographical areas.

Alongside Balfour Beatty, the other firms on the contract are AmeyInabensa, a 50/50 joint venture between Amey and Spanish firm Inabensa; CarillionPowerlines, a 70/30 joint venture between Carillion and Austria-based SPL Powerlines; and ABC Electrification, an partnership between Alstom, Babcock and Costain.

Balfour Beatty’s contract, anticipated to be worth over £75m, covers the design and installation of all electrification equipment for the Northern Hub electrification programme for routes between Manchester-Preston-Blackpool and Manchester-Stalybridge.

The company has already been involved in Phases 1 and 2 of the programme covering the Liverpool-Manchester route, and as part of that has introduced a number of high output plant solutions to provide safer, more efficient delivery of electrification works.

Balfour Beatty chairman Andrew McNaughton said: “This builds on our well established relationship and allows continuing collaboration with the Network Rail team and our supply chain to deliver the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation.”

CarillionPowerlines’ contract covers the Central East Midlands Region and Scotland and North East England region.

Carillion chief executive Richard Howson said the award “reflects the investment we have made, and continue to make, in creating the skills and resources necessary to deliver programmes of this kind and our absolute focus on safety and quality”.

AmeyInabensa will be tackling the South region, and Amey chief executive Mel Ewell said: “Working collaboratively we will create a partnership that brings innovation and new ways of working to the UK industry, delivering high quality and efficient electrification services to Network Rail.”

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Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail’s infrastructure projects division, said: “Our work to electrify 2,000 track miles represents the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation and will provide faster, quieter and more reliable journeys for millions of passengers every week while cutting the cost of the railway.”

He added: “Thanks to a firm commitment from government to invest in electrification schemes across the country, we are transforming the railway and providing Britain with a sustainable, world-class transport system that is fit for the future. To deliver this work in the safest and most efficient way possible, we need to make the most of the huge potential within our supply chain.”

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