Network Rail has appointed four firms to a £2bn programme to electrify more than two thousand miles of railways over the next seven years


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The rail operator said this morning that the successful bidders for the rail electrification contracts would work across six geographic frameworks. They winners are:

  • Balfour Beatty - will work in the Central (London North Western, North) region
  • AmeyInabensa - a joint venture between Amey and Spanish engineer Inabensa will work in the Southern region
  • CarillionPowerlines - a joint venture between Carillion and Austrian-based electrical specialist SPL Powerlines will work in the Scotland & North East region and the Central (East Midlands) region
  • ABC Electrification - a joint venture comprising Alstom, Babcock and Costain, will work in the Western & Wales region and the Central (London North Western, South) region

The winning bidders will work with Network Rail to plan and deliver a range of schemes which will see key routes in England, Wales and Scotland electrified for the first time.

The framework agreements are for seven years, with the potential for three one-year extensions.

Simon Kirby, managing director of Network Rail’s infrastructure projects division, said: “Our work to electrify two thousand track miles represents the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation and will provide faster, quieter and more reliable journeys for millions of passengers every week while cutting the cost of the railway.”