UK infrastructure operator Network Rail has selected nine suppliers for the 20 framework agreements with a combined value of £1.6bn, as part of its new procurement and contracting strategy.
The suppliers include Amalgamated Construction, Amey, Buckingham Group Contracting, Carillion Construction, J Murphy & Sons, Miller Construction UK, Skanska Construction UK, Story Contracting and VolkerRail.
This deal aims an extensive programme of enhancements and renewals to the London North Western and East Midlands routes over the next five years.
Network Rail infrastructure projects director Rob Offord said: "The awarding of these frameworks represents a significant milestone in the implementation of our new procurement and contracting strategy.
"This will bring improved safety, whole-life cost efficiency and delivery performance through collaborative relationships with a consolidated and strategically aligned supply chain."
The framework agreements are divided into programme and panel contracts.
The programme contracts cover renewal projects of individual values up to £4.3m and include property, earthworks, structure, electrification and plant renewals.
The panel contracts cover renewal and enhancement projects, which are each valued between £4.3m and £100m. These include railway engineering, civil engineering and building projects.
This project is part of £38bn investment plan of Network Rail that aims to maintain and improve the UK’s rail network in the next five years.
Network Rail currently operates 20,000 miles of track, 40,000 bridges and viaducts, in addition to thousands of signals, level crossings and stations.
Image: Network Rail engineers. Photo: courtesy of Network Rail.