Network Rail selects electrification contractors

National rail infrastructure provider, Network Rail, has selected four suppliers to carry out its £2bn electrification programme.

The successful bidders are: Balfour Beatty; AmeyInabensa (a 50:50 joint venture); Carillion Powerlines (a 70:30 joint venture); and ABC electrification (which comprises Alstom, Babcock and Costain).

Six, seven year regional framework contracts have been awarded. Between them, they cover electrification of the Great Western and Midland main lines; the ‘Northern Hub’ lines around Manchester, the South Wales valleys lines, and the ‘electric spine’ from Southampton to the West Midlands.

“Our plan to electrify 2,000 track miles represents the biggest rail electrification programme in a generation,” says Simon Kirby, Network Rail’s infrastructure projects division MD.

When complete, more than half of Britain’s rail network will be electrified, and electric trains will account for three-quarters of all traffic.

640/Feb 14

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