Firms sought for major rail frameworks worth £2bn

Contractors have been alerted to two Network Rail frameworks worth a total of more than £2bn in the Midlands and Eastern regions.

Under the first framework from Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd, valued at £1.15bn, contractors are needed for reactive works and small schemes on Network Rail’s building and civil assets within the Eastern region.

The work, described as “low complexity” by Network Rail, includes reactive call-outs and planned preventative maintenance works that impact on the operation of the railway.

It is divided into four lots, with the first two covering building assets and civil assets on the eastern Anglia route.

The third and fourth lots relate to building assets and civil assets on the North and East, East Coast and East Midlands routes.

Successful contractors will be responsible for tasks including bridge and tunnel maintenance, soil and rock cuttings, and earthworks first response.

The initial term of the framework is five years with the option to extend for a further two periods of one year each.

A contract notice for the framework can be viewed here.

The second framework, worth £1.05bn, will see firms selected to carry out non-signaling work as part of the Midlands Rail Hub alliance, with Network Rail as the client.

The hub programme will take place across the West, Central and East Midlands to provide additional services between central Birmingham and key regional cities.

Work under the framework includes the design and build of new platforms and sidings and up to two new chords into Birmingham Moor Street.

Firms will also provide power supply upgrades, new freight loops and overhead line equipment and various signalling works.

A signalling partner will be appointed separately, Network Rail said.

Interested firms can register here, with a market briefing session planned for January.

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