Target to slash costs by third on £1.2bn Midlands rail upgrade

Network Rail has set fresh challenging targets to slash electrification costs on the next phase of the Midland Main Line upgrade project.

The rail infrastructure company has just started the hunt for four key partner contractors to deliver the next £1.2bn upgrade from Wigston and Nottingham out to Sheffield.

A key objective is to use its SPEED principles and incentives to drive down the spend per single track kilometre on the electrification project.

Using these, the recently commissioned London to Corby electrification was delivered at a rate of £3.7m per STK.

Noe Network Rail procurement chiefs are aiming to deliver the next stage of electrification at £2.5m per STK.

A new 10-year partnership framework to deliver the project, which has just come out to tender, will include the performance-based incentives to drive down the STK rate and achieve other MMLE objectives, including health and safety, decarbonisation and social value.

Partners will be incentivised both individually and collectively.

Eastern Midland Main Line Electrification Partnership Framework

10-year framework (5+5 years) will be split into the four work disciplines

Lot 1 – Power & Distribution (value £125m)

Lot 2 – Structures & Civils (value £340m)

Lot 3 – OLE & Integration (value £450m)

Lot 4 – Signalling & Telecoms (value £100m)

There will be 1 Partner plus 2 pre-qualified reserve suppliers appointed to each of the lots.

For more tender information click here.


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