Network Rail has announced the award of three multi-billion-pound contracts for the South of England, worth up to £7bn for Control Period 6 (2019-2024).
The framework to deliver renewals and enhancements in Anglia, South East and Wessex has been awarded to J Murphy & Sons (Anglia), BAM Nuttall Limited (South East) and Geoffrey Osborne Limited (Wessex) who will act as strategic delivery partners throughout CP6.
The multi-discipline framework will deliver projects of varying value, including stations, buildings and civils, electrifications, power, signalling, telecommunications and track. This is initially in place for a five-year period but has the option of three one-year extensions if required.
Two of the three successful bidders, BAM Nuttall Limited and Geoffrey Osborne Limited, already work in the region and have delivered schemes including a 100-hour blockade to replace a life-expired bridge in Wandsworth and the upgrade of Shoreham Viaduct.
Cameron Burns, Commercial Director Southern region, said: “Over the last few years we have made a shift towards working more collaboratively and closer to fewer key contractors, which has allowed us to deliver major improvements for passengers successfully and safely. Given that we are delivering in some of Britain’s busiest stations and on some of the most used routes into the capital, our ability to upgrade the railway with minimal impact on passengers is increasingly important. We want to build on this success for CP6 and the relationships we have with our suppliers, and we look forward to working with them all going forward.”
John Dowsett, Managing Director for Infrastructure at Osborne, said: “Winning this CP6 framework is highly significant for us – it sees us further strengthening our rail portfolio and continuing to work with Network Rail, who recognise and value the collaborative approach we bring.”
John Murphy, CEO of J Murphy and Sons said: “We are excited to be part of Network Rail’s strategic partnership to deliver CP6. This award continues our long partnership with them in renewing and enhancing infrastructure throughout the UK and will give us the chance to work together and drive innovation and improvements. It was a real team effort across Murphy, and the framework will leverage our engineering and rail capabilities across our whole business. We are looking forward to getting started and delivering safely and efficiently to benefit rail passengers across the Anglia route.”
Huw Jones, BAM’s Rail Director said: “We’re proud of the contribution we’ve made and are excited to be continuing our collaboration with Network Rail, and our supply chain, for the safe delivery of exceptional rail infrastructure. This confirmation of our continued involvement allows us to invest with confidence in developing skills, our innovation pipeline and technology. We look forward to playing our part, demonstrating BAM’s commitment to creating sustainable solutions that enhance lives – including rail passengers and the communities where we work.”
Notes to editors:
- The multidiscipline framework is set up to deliver both renewals and enhancements. The estimated renewals spend on each contract is outlined below:
CP6 renewals estimated value
£340m – £460m
£640m – £860m
£280m – £370m
£1.26bn – £1.69bn
The estimated enhancements spend on each contract is outlined below:
Up to £810m
Up to £1.06bn
Up to £850m
Up to £2.72bn
- Network Rail’s delivery arm for renewals and projects, Infrastructure Projects (IP) organises itself into four regional areas – Scotland North East, Central, Southern and Western and Wales, and national programmes for Signalling, Track and the pan regional Northern Programme.
- The tender and procurement process for CP6 was intentionally phased to help improve efficiency for both Network Rail and the supply chain.
- Southern is the second region to announce its contract awards. Last month, Scotland and North East awarded two lots within their framework to Story Contracting and AmcoGiffen.
- The framework award is one of the most substantial of Network Rail’s CP6 contracts to be let following the Office of Rail and Road’s final determination, which confirmed £35bn of funding for rail maintenance and renewals.