Contract due to be signed in the second quarter of this year

Balfour Beatty has been named as the preferred bidder for Network Rail’s £1.5bn Central Track Alliance contract.

Balfour Beatty has an 80% share in the ten-year alliance which will be responsible for the development, design and delivery of track renewals and crossings, and other infrastructure works across the London North West, London North East and East Midland routes. 

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Atkins has a 10% share, while French rail experts TSO has a 10% share.

Under the new regional set-up, three different teams will deliver the upgrades based on geographical area.

Earlier this year Network Rail revealed the teams that will carry out the works in Scotland and the south of England, worth an estimated £5bn.

Colas Rail and Aecom picked up the contract that covers the south of England, while a three-way JV of Babcock Rail, Arup and Arcadis is set to carry out upgrades in Scotland.

Balfour Beatty said it expects the full contract award to be made in the second quarter of 2019 with works due to commence later this year.