Costain tops Network Rail spend supplier rankings

Aaron Morby 2 months ago

Costain has cemented its position as Network Rail’s most-used contractor after it topped the infrstructure group’s spend rankings for the second year in a row.

The firm saw its portion of total spend jump 60% from £337m to £541m in 2016/17.

The uplift saw Costain’s total slice of the spending pie rise from around 5% to 7.4%.

Carillion Construction also retained its second ranking this year achieving a 6% uplift of work.

Network Rail’s top 20 suppliers
Supplier Spend 2016/17 Spend 2015/16 % of total spend
Costain £541m £337m 7.4%
Carillion Construction £372m £352m 5.1%
Siemens Rail Automation £291m £306m 4.0%
EDF Energy Customers £287m £307m 3.9%
ABC Electrification £206m £113m 2.8%
Colas Rail £204m £175m 2.8%
Balfour Beatty Rail £204m £241m 2.8%
Amalgamated Construction £184m £211m 2.5%
J Murphy & Sons £175m £175m 2.4%
Amey Rail £174m £173m 2.4%
Alstom Transport UK £143m N/A 1.9%
BAM Nuttall £133m £149m 1.8%
Babcock Rail £131m £119m 1.8%
Morgan Sindall £110m £89m 1.5%
AmeyInabensa £100m N/A 1.4%
Capita Business Services £95m N/A 1.3%
Geoffrey Osborne £90m £84m 1.2%
Atkins £83m £124m 1.1%
VolkerFitzpatrick £83m £85m 1.1%
Skanska BAM Northern Hub JV £79m N/A 1.1%


ABC Electrification benefitted from the focus on electrification work across the rail network with its invoiced revenue almost doubling to over £200m.

The top 20 suppliers shared out £3.69bn, up from £3.1bn previously, which accounted for half of Network Rail’s supplier spend.

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