Network Rail, which owns and manages the UK’s rail network, has awarded contracts worth £7bn for renewal and upgrade work to the system in the south of England.
The work, which will be carried out between 2019 and 2024, will be organised by J Murphy in the Anglian region, BAM Nuttall in the Southeast and Geoffrey Osborne in Wessex.
Cameron Burns, Network Rail’s commercial director for the Southern region, said in a press statement: "Over the past few years we have made a shift towards working more collaboratively and closer to fewer key contractors, which has allowed us to deliver major improvements for passengers successfully and safely."
Of the newly awarded contracts, up to £460m is expected to be spent on the renewal of the Anglia route, £860m is set to be used on the Southeast route, and £370m will be invested in Wessex. The multidisciplinary framework will deliver projects including stations, buildings and civils, electrifications, power, signalling, telecommunications and track work.
With an initial validity of five years, the contracts have the option of three one-year extensions.
Image: Work under way on the Chadwell Heath overhead line in the Anglia region (Network Rail)