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A chance to be part of £4 billion renewals and enhancements framework

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Businesses have just over a month if they want to take part in a massive programme of renewals and minor enhancements for CP7.

Network Rail has recently released details of the £4 billion Eastern Region Renewals and Minor Enhancements programme, which will span 2024-2029.

The Eastern region covers Anglia, East Coast, East Midland and North & East routes; but this time the infrastructure owner splitting the region into two. The work for these two sub-regions – north and south – is further broken into five lots.

Successful applicants will have to team up and align objectives. They will also have to consider five Network Rail focus areas: a railway system approach, capabilities, productivity and collaborative behaviours, and sustainability. 

However, the notice goes on to say: “Network Rail will create competitive tension and adopt an incentivisation mechanism that will drive enhanced performance whilst fostering a culture of continuous improvement, quality-driven outputs and delivering innovative solutions.”

Overall, Network Rail says it is looking to appoint 14 contractors to design and deliver the CP7 renewals and minor enhancement works across the Eastern Region. Additionally, five secondary suppliers will also be appointed. They will work according to the following lots:

  • Lot 1 Structures, Geotechnics & Buildings (North): 3 partners plus 1 secondary supplier (Value: £850,000,000). Includes bridges, tunnels, depots and earthworks.
  • Lot 2 Structures, Geotechnics & Buildings (South): 3 partners plus 1 secondary supplier (Value: £850,000,000). Covers similar ground to lot 1.
  • Lot 3 Signalling and Telecoms North & South: 4 partners (2 per partnership region) plus 1 secondary supplier (Value: £300,000,000). Includes signal renewals, signal conversions, point conversions, and track circuit conversions.
  • Lot 4 Electrification & Power – Contact Systems North & South: 2 partners (1 per partnership region) plus 1 secondary supplier (Value: £480,000,000). Includes OLE, DC contact systems and more, such as pantograph monitoring systems.
  • Lot 5 Electrification & Power – Distribution and Plant North & South: 2 partners (1 per partnership region) plus 1 secondary supplier (Value: £520,000,000). Includes HV and LV work. Covers everything from rail yard lighting to swing bridge controls.

Work orders will allow a team to assist on work applicable to them but associated with another lot. For example, the Structures, Geotechnics and Buildings partner can undertake the Structures, Geotechnics and Buildings works associated with a Signalling or OLE Works Order.

The framework agreements will last five years, with the option for a further five. There will also be a four-month mobilisation period and another granted to complete outstanding works.

Potential contractors for the framework have until 13 May 2022 to apply.

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