£467m worth of rail contracts awarded for Scotland and North East

A renewals and enhancements framework valued at over £300 million to deliver rail projects in Scotland and North East has been announced by Network Rail.

BAM Nuttall has been awarded the £320 million framework, which will complete a wide range of projects including replacing and refurbishing structures across the rail route and delivering station improvements.

The work-bank is part of a wider round of contract awards for Control Period 6 (2019-2024), overall totalling £467 million.

In addition, two geotech frameworks worth a combined £147 million have been awarded to Story Contracting (London North East) and QTS (Scotland) as part of the procurement process. At the end of last year, Story Contracting was also awarded a contract covering renewals and enhancements work in Scotland valued at around £135 million.

The latest contract awards complete the procurement activity for Scotland and North East (SNE), which is anticipated to hold one of the largest work-banks for the coming five-year funding period.

Kris Kinnear, interim regional director for SNE said, “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.”

SNE have awarded five-year contracts, with an option of two-year extensions on the Geotech framework. Kris added, “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.”

Huw Jones, BAM Nuttall rail director said, “BAM Nuttall is proud to be awarded this framework, which gives us the opportunity to strengthen our partnership with Network Rail and our fellow CP6 framework contractors.

“We look forward to establishing an integrated ‘One Team’ approach with our partners to deliver exceptional business and safety performance, driving sustainable growth across Scotland and LNE, whilst enhancing passenger experience and the communities where we work.”

Alan McLeish, QTS managing director said, “We are exceptionally proud of the collaborative work QTS has carried out during the last control period, with some outstanding geotechnical projects delivered across Scotland.

“It is a testament to the hard work of our team during the CP5 contract, and the strong relationship that we have built with Network Rail, that has allowed us to be successful in this CP6 tender process.

“Our expertise and commitment to finding further efficiencies for Network Rail by using innovative plant and methods, stands us in excellent stead to continue providing a high standard of work over the next five years.”

Jason Butterworth, Story Contracting chief executive added, “We are thrilled with the news of another win for Network Rail which again reinforces our reputation for delivering quality projects safely, on time and to budget.

“This contract will mean we can employ even more professionals across the area and also entice new talent into the industry – including investment in the future with our graduate and apprentice programmes. It will also mean we can invest into local communities through our Corporate Social Responsibility programme which will deliver sustainable projects for local organisations and charities.”