Costain ranks as Network Rail’s best-paid contractor

Aaron Morby 11 years ago
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Network Rail spent more with Costain last year that any other contractor, according to new payment tables for the top 20 suppliers. 

Eleven companies – including J Murphy & Sons – earned more than £100m last year for work on the network.

Costain was paid £184m in the 2012/13 financial year, edging out Carillion Construction which came in as the third highest paid with £180m.

EDF Energy, which supplies the rail company with its electricity, ranked as top supplier in the payments league earning nearly £300m.

Under new measures to raise transparency Network Rail now makes public how much it spends with its major suppliers.

Balfour Beatty’s civil engineering and rail businesses are ranked separately in the expenditure league, but together would have come second with a combined take of £270m.

Murphy, which is increasingly doing more for Network Rail, actually ranked above Balfour Beatty Rail, pocketing £102m over the course of the year.

Network Rail's Top 20 suppliers

Suppliers' and contractors' payments in 2012/13

Supplier name Spend £m service % of total
EDF Energy 296 Electricity supply 5.40%
Costain 184 Infrastructure 3.40%
Carillion Construction 180 Infrastructure 3.30%
Babcock Rail 177 Track Infrastructure 3.20%
Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering 170 Infrastructure 3.10%
Amey-Colas 166 Track Infrastructure 3.00%
Invensys Rail 159 Signalling Infrastructure 2.90%
Atkins 120 Signalling Infrastructure, consultancy 2.20%
Tata Steel UK 115 Steel rail supply 2.10%
J Murphy & Sons 102 Infrastructure 1.90%
Balfour Beatty Rail 100 Track Infrastructure 1.80%
DB Schenker Rail (UK) 98 Rail logistics 1.80%
BAM Nuttall 94 Infrastructure 1.70%
VolkerFitzpatrick 88 Infrastructure 1.60%
Amey OWR 86 Structural inspection services 1.60%
Signalling Solutions 85 Signalling Infrastructure 1.50%
Amalgamated Construction 78 Infrastructure 1.40%
British Transport Police 75 Station & line side Êsecurity 1.40%
Geoffrey Osborne 67 Infrastructure 1.20%
C Spencer 65 Infrastructure 1.20%
Total 2,505 45.70%

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