Race for £1.3bn North West & Central railway works

Aaron Morby 12 months ago

Network Rail has started the hunt for firms to deliver a £1.3bn smaller works and renewal programme for control period 7 in its north west and central territory.

Procurement chiefs aim to let several frameworks covering the “Backbone of Britain” route.

A refreshed line-up of firms will deliver a mix of civil engineering, building and electrification and plant work for the next 5-year period from 1 April 2024 to 31st March 2029.

The territory covers assets from London Euston and Marylebone in the south through the Chiltern and West Midlands regions, the North West of England and Cumbria.

Network Rail North West & Central Region CP7 Frameworks

R – North West & Central Region; NW – North West; WCS – West Coast South; C- Central

Framework Category B  – total value £695m

Medium projects between £100k-£7m

Civil Engineering (Structures & Geotechnical)

  • Lot B1 (R): 1 supplier
  • Lot B1 (NW): 1 supplier
  • Lot B1 (C&WCS): 1 supplier


  • Lot B2 (R): 1 supplier
  • Lot B2 (NW): 2 suppliers
  • Lot B2 (C): 1 supplier
  • Lot B2 (WCS): 1 supplier

Electrification & Plant

  • Lot B3 (R) AC Switchgear: 1 supplier
  • Lot B3 (NW) Power & Distribution: 1 supplier
  • Lot B3 (C&WCS) Power & Distribution: 1 supplier
  • Lot B3 (C&WCS LV) Low Voltage Plant & Signalling Power: 1 supplier

Framework Category C – total value: £358m

Small projects £100k – £4m

Civil Engineering (Structures & Geotechnical)

    • Lot C1 (R): 1 supplier
    • Lot C1 (NW): 2 suppliers
  • Lot C1 (C): 1 supplier
  • Lot C1 (WCS): 1 supplier


  • Lot C2 (NW): 1 supplier
  • Lot C2 (C&WCS): 1 supplier

Electrification & Plant

  • Lot C3 (C&WCS): 1 supplier

Framework Category D – total £229m

Minor and reactive works each project with a value up to £100k

Civil Engineering (Structures & Geotechnical)

  • Lot D1 (O-C): 2 suppliers
  • Lot D1 (R): 2 suppliers


  • Lot D2 (NW): 3 suppliers
  • Lot D2 (C&WCS) : 3 suppliers

Prequalififcation documents must be returned by 29 July. Further information can be obtained by emailing Network Rail or from the procurement portal where information will be posted.

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