Carillion likely to take over North West Electrification

Britain’s largest rail contractor, Carillion Construction, is poised to take over the North West Electrification programme from Balfour Beatty, who pulled out earlier in the year (LTT 4 September). No formal contracts with Network Rail have yet been signed but the two organisations are understood to be working closely together.

Balfour Beatty ran into problems with the Preston to Blackpool section in August. Carillion is already engaged on the (now) restarted Midland Mainline electrification, and is also working on the Edinburgh-Shotts-Glasgow electrification project in Scotland.

Carillion Construction is the largest supplier, benefitting from an annual Network Rail expenditure in 2014/15 of £360.8m (accounting for 4.82% of the total). Balfour Beatty was ranked 4th with £241.3m (3.23%), behind Siemens Rail Automation’s £268.6m (3.59%) and BAM Nuttall’s £250.1m (3.34%).

683/Oct 15

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