Carillion is Network Rail’s best-paid contractor

Aaron Morby 10 years ago

Carillion has come out as the most-used contractor by Network Rail after being paid a total of £281m over the 2013/14 financial year.

Network Rail’s top 20 suppliers reveal that Carillion has bagged more spend deposing Costain, which came top of the contractor rankings last year.

But Balfour Beatty can still lay claim to being the most important group supplier with its three main rail business all ranking individually in the league table.

Taken together Balfour Beatty Rail, Infrastructure Services and Civil Engineering carried out work worth £358m, more even than EDF, which has long been the rail infrastructure company’s biggest supplier.

This year most firms saw spending increase as Network Rail ramped up spending and consolidated work with fewer suppliers.

The top 20 shared out £3.2bn between them compared to £2.4bn the year before and accounted for 47% of total supplier spend.

BAM Nuttall achieved fastest growth with its haul of work doubling this year.

J Murphy and Amalgamated Construction have made the top 10 suppliers, followed closely by C Spencer ranked at 13. These three specialists alone saw spending between them rise from £245m to £426m.

Supplier name Spend
Service % of total
EDF Energy £341m £297m Electricity supply 4.99%
Carillion Construction £281m £180m Infrastructure 4.11%
Babcock Rai £220m £177m Track infrastructure 3.22%
BAM Nuttall £209m £94m Infrastructure 3.05%
Costain £203m £184m Infrastructure 2.96%
Balfour Beatty Rail £183m £100m Track infrastructure 2.68%
Amey-Colas £182m £166m Track infrastructure 2.67%
Siemens Rail Automation £177m N/A Signalling infrastructure 2.59%
Amalgamated Construction £160m £78m Infrastructure 2.34%
J Murphy & Sons £150m £102m Infrastructure 2.20%
Atkins £142m £120m Signalling, consultancy 2.08%
Signalling Solutions £139m £84m Signalling infrastructure 2.04%
C Spencer £116m £65m Infrastructure 1.70%
Tata Steel UK £113m N/A Steel manufacturer 1.66%
VolkerFitzpatrick £106m £88m Infrastructure 1.55%
DB Schenker Rail (UK) £100m £98m Rail logistics 1.46%
Morgan Sindall £99.5m N/A Construction services 1.46%
Balfour Beatty CE £89m £170m Infrastructure 1.30%
Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure £86m N/A Infrastructure 1.25%
Amey OWR £85m £86m Structural inspection 1.24%

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