15 win places on Network Rail's £3.5bn Eastern Routes Partnership

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Network Rail’s Eastern Region has named the 15 firms it will work with on a new partnership to streamline infrastructure improvement work over the next five years

The Eastern Routes Partnership (ERP) will allow the region to award key infrastructure improvement works directly to supply chain partners throughout the railway’s new control period (CP7), championing collaboration and efficiency.  

Fifteen suppliers are included in the ERP, and each will be integral to the delivery of approximately £3.5bn of investment in CP7. 

ERP will be in place for all five years of CP7, with the option to extend for up to five years from 2029 (CP8).

Network Rail says building stability between the region and its partners means the supply chain will already be on-board when the work bank for CP8 is developed.  

The framework also removes the need for individual procurement events.

It says this will save valuable time, make the region’s work better value for money, and allow for earlier collaboration between the region and its partners in each project.  

The ERP includes generalist suppliers, which form the core partnership team, and have been selected across discipline specific lots to deliver the larger, more complex projects as well as emerging single discipline enhancements.

The partnership also has specialist suppliers - these have been awarded a workbank where, due to the scale or scope of the requirement, Network Rail needs a smaller delivery partner with a particular specialism.  

Jake Kelly, managing director for Eastern Region at Network Rail, said: “This launch is the culmination of two years of hard work to bring real innovation to our commercial delivery in CP7. 

“The ERP framework is key to effectively maintaining our infrastructure to deliver a sustained improvement in train performance over the next five years.

“It’s designed to strengthen our relationships with our supply chain partners, letting us utilise their skills and experience. ERP also lets us take a more collaborative approach by bringing our engineers, delivery teams and the suppliers together, earlier, to identify the minimum viable product.” 

Firms in the the Eastern Routes Partnership are: 

Lot 1: Building and civils

Generalists: Amco, BAM, Morgan Sindall, Story

Specialists: Taziker (Structures), CK Rail (Geotech)

Lot 2: Signalling and telecoms

Generalists: Amey, AtkinsRéalis

Specialists: Trackwork (Signalling), Hawthorne (Telecoms)

Lot 3: Contact systems

Generalist: Amey, Keltbray

Specialist: Morgan Sindall

Lot 4: Distribution and plant

Generalists: Keltbray/Lindbrooke Partnership, Octavius

Specialist: Lowery


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