Network Rail seeks firm to monitor spending programme in its central region


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Consultants Turner & Townsend, Mott MacDonald and Corderoy have been shortlisted for an oversight role on £1.7bn of Network Rail work.

The three consultants are competing to be appointed to oversee the railway agency’s £1.7bn of spending in its central region over the next five year period.

Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects division is moving to incentivise good quality work from its contractors with a set of key performance indicators and is seeking a consultant to monitor the supply chain’s achievements against these.

It is also in the process of preparing and running competitions for the same role in its other regions.

The £1.7bn of spending forms a part of Network Rail’s £38bn investment plan over the next five years.

Launching the plans at the beginning of this month, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin said “investing in world class infrastructure” was “a key part of this government’s long term economic plan”.

Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, added: “Millions of passengers and freight users will benefit enormously from the plans we set out today to wisely spend and invest £38bn in transforming some of the busiest parts of our railway network.”