Network Rail has started its advanced procurement process for the investment programme planned to run from 2019 to 2024 under control period 6.
GE revealed plans to increase earthworks spending in CP by over 16% to £793M last week following announcement of Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan.
Network Rail commercial director Matthew Steele said: “Significant investment in the country’s rail network will continue in the five years ahead giving thousands of companies – and our hugely important supply chain partners – the surety they need to invest in their people, innovation and value for money.
“The beginning of our CP6 procurement activity provides suppliers with a real opportunity to secure substantial work-banks and be part of delivering essential improvements that will help shape the future of Britain’s railway.”
According to Network Rail, the procurement process for CP6 has been phased to improve efficiency for itself and the supply chain. The process will start this month for the Scotland North East and Southern regions with others following on between now and June this year.
Steele added: “It is important to us to have a profitable and healthy supply chain with whom we can work in partnership to deliver the improvements we need for Britain’s railway.
“For our part, we must remain a client of choice that engages with its supply chain in a mutually beneficial relationship, especially in what is poised to be a rapidly growing infrastructure market.”