Wolverhampton-based support services and construction company Carillion has landed a five-year framework agreement estimated to be worth up to #60 million covering signalling work for Network Rail.
Carillion Rail will deliver signalling renewals, including alterations, enhancements, safety improvements, small renewal projects and life-extension schemes in the south-east. It forms part of an extensive programme to improve the network in the region.
John McDonough, Carillion's chief executive yesterday said: "We are delighted to have been awarded a five-year signalling contract extension, to improve equipment reliability, railway safety and further reduce train delays."
Meanwhile, the Department for Transport said it had short-listed Arriva Trains, FirstGroup, National Express Group and the joint venture unit of Stagecoach and Virgin Wings as bidders for the Intercity East Coast (ICEC) franchise. The term is a maximum of seven years, five
months. DfT said it will ask the group to bid against a specification based on proposals and the responses to a recent consultation.
The Department will announce the winner in the summer and expects the new franchise in place in late autumn.
National Express Group said it has already started the process to get views of key stakeholders. National said it is currently putting the finishing touches to rail bids for two other new rail franchises, East Midlands and New Cross Country, after being short-listed in November.
It said it would submit these bids to the DfT in late February and early March respectively. Stagecoach expects to work closely with stakeholders. to develop its proposals and that it will put in a strong bid that is "highly competitive".