Balfour Beatty has been selected as preferred bidder for Network Rail’s £1.5bn Central Track Alliance contract
Balfour Beatty has an 80% share in the ten-year alliance which will be responsible for the development, design and delivery of track renewals and crossings, as well as associated infrastructure works across the London North West, London North East and East Midland routes.
The remaining 20% is split between Atkins and TSO.
The new geographically-focused alliance model aims to promote greater collaboration between Network Rail and its partners.
Bringing together the companies’ domain knowledge and experience in critical rail infrastructure and track renewals, the alliance will deploy innovative working methods including a digital management platform incorporating mechanised processes and digital solutions to realise efficiencies and create a more reliable railway infrastructure.
The full Central Track Alliance contract award is expected in the second quarter of 2019 with works due to commence later this year.
Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty chief executive, said: “As one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers, Balfour Beatty is proud to be part of the alliance appointed to ensure reliability of the UK’s rail network. Our expertise will be focused on driving innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, safer rail infrastructure.
“We believe that industry collaboration is the way to drive higher efficiency and service standards. Network Rail’s new alliance model is a great step forward in rail contract procurement.”