UK’s Network Rail has awarded 17 framework contracts with a combined value of £215m to deliver minor signalling works across the country.

The awarded contracts represent 17 route-based lots. It includes two framework contractors for seven of these routes and three framework contractors for the Western route.

The winning contractors include Balfour Beatty, Volker Rail, Amco, Amaro Signalling, Amey, Linbrooke and OSL.

Network Rail signalling commercial director Martin Robinson said: “The minor signalling framework awards are the second awards in a three-tier approach to signalling delivery for CP6 which aims to recognise the differing signalling work banks we have to deliver.

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“The awards have gone to signalling suppliers that between them, have many years of experience supporting our maintenance and delivery teams and will help Network Rail to continue to improve the signalling asset condition and in turn improve reliability for passengers over the coming years.

“The framework’s approach using fewer contractors will help bring them closer to Network Rail and the routes and make further progress in working more collaboratively.”

The scope of work under these contracts involves minor signalling works, including refurbishment and component replacements. The contractors will deliver the work in collaboration with Network Rail’s Works Delivery teams.

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The latest contracts were awarded under the second of three-tier packages to deliver signalling works during the Control Period 6.

The first tier of contracts was awarded in April, while the third will be announced in January 2020.

The third tier will involve major signalling works, including re-signalling and re-control works.