UK-based contractor Keltbray has won a £46m two-year contract from Network Rail to upgrade railway power lines under the Power Supply Upgrade Phase 3A Along Track Works programme.
Keltbray will start the work this month, which includes building overhead power lines and incorporates design, civil, signalling and de-vegetation works.
According to reports, the upgrade is expected to be completed in March 2014 from Keltbray’s facilities in Crewe and Rugby.
Keltbray managing director of infrastructure and rail Phil Price said: "The award of this contract is a major step forward in positioning Keltbray Rail as a respected and competent project delivery partner within the rail sector."
"During a time when the market generally remains subdued, this contract provides a welcome boost to our business, our sector and the economy in general," Price said.
Keltbray Aspire managing director Peter Gray said: "We have invested a significant amount of money ensuring that we are prepared to deliver this project, and it is very exciting and rewarding to know we now have the opportunity to show the quality of our company on the big stage."
According to Keltbray, the Power Supply Upgrade Phase 3A contract is the biggest contract win since it started diversification plans and acquired Aspire Rail Consultants about 18 months ago.
Keltbray had acquired Aspire Rail Consultants in October 2010, which strengthened the company’s capacity to deliver overhead line and track solutions for rail industry.
In June 2009, the company had acquired Gamble Rail from the administrator MCR Corporate Restructuring to strengthen its rail business and enhance its capabilities to offer solutions into the safety critical rail market sector.
Gamble Rail offers specialist services for track maintenance and renewal projects as well as the operation of road rail vehicles and maintenance machines.