Network Rail supplier spend table revealed

Aaron Morby 4 years ago

Network’s Rail’s investment in signalling and train control systems saw Siemens Rail Automation unseat Costain as the infrastructure group’s biggest supplier by spend.

Costain had ranked top of the spending league table for the previous two years helped by its major station contracts.

But after peaking at £541m in 2016/17 spending dropped 22% to £422m.

The extent of Network Rail’s reliance on Carillion was also revealed with the firm’s construction and powerlines businesses being paid £378m over the 17/18 financial year.

A transfer of Carillion contracts to Amey in the latter part of the period helped to lift Amey Rail through the rankings.

Buckingham Group Contracting, Skanska Construction and Volker Rail featured in the top suppliers league for the first time this year, while Atkins and Geoffrey Osborne crashed out of the top 20.

Network Rail’s top 20 suppliers
Supplier Spend 2017/18 Spend 2016/17 % of Total
Siemens Rail Automation £460m £291m 6.6%
Costain £422m £541m 6.0%
EDF Energy Customers £314m £287m 4.5%
Carillion Construction £305m £372m 4.4%
Colas Rail £229m £204m 3.3%
Amey Rail £211m £174m 3.0%
Balfour Beatty Rail £193m £204m 2.8%
Amalgamated Construction £163m £184m 2.3%
VolkerRail £157m N/a 2.3%
AmeyInabensa £144m £100m 2.1%
BAM Nuttall £142m £133m 2.0%
Babcock Rail £113m £131m 1.6%
Alstom Transport UK £107m £143m 1.5%
Skanska Construction UK £105m N/a 1.5%
J Murphy & Sons £101m £175m 1.4%
Buckingham Group Contracting £92m N/a 1.3%
ABC Electrification £91m £206m 1.3%
VolkerFitzpatrick £87m £83m 1.3%
Capita Business Services £85m £95m 1.2%
Carillion Powerlines £73m N/a 1.0%
Total £3.59bn £3.69bn 51.4%

The top 20 suppliers shared out £3.59bn, down 2% on the previous year, which accounted for half of Network Rail’s total supplier spend.

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