Carillion Rail picks up first Network Rail contract for six months after safety ban is lifted

Network Rail has lifted the ban it imposed on Carillion following concerns over the contractors’ safety record.

The ban has prevented Carillion from tendering for new projects since August 2006.


Carillion's improved working practice and a positive safety audit led to Network Rail lifting the ban.

Following the lifthing of the ban Carillion announced it had won a five-year £60m signalling contract with Network Rail.

The contract covers the South East and involves the renewal of signalling, including alterations, enhancements, safety improvements, small renewal projects and life-extension schemes.

Simon Kirby, Director of Major Projects & Investment, said: "As a result of Carillion Rail's improving position on workforce safety and the changes they have made, we have decided to lift the suspension and allow the company to bid for new tenders.

"As part of our drive to improve safety on the railway, we will maintain the close monitoring of Carillion Rail's ongoing progress in relation to health and safety culture and performance."

Carillion's chief executive John McDonough said of the contract win: “We are delighted to have been awarded a five-year signalling contract extension, to improve equipment reliability, railway safety and further reduce train delays.”