Next five-year railway plan to double earthworks spend

Aaron Morby 3 weeks ago

Network Rail has set out its planned spend and priorities for the next five years under the CP7 spending programme.

Among its top tasks are finding £3.8bn in efficiency gains on work programmes, equating to around 10% savings.

It is also ramping up work programmes to improve network resilience in the face of climate change with spending in embankment works and drawing set to double to £1.8bn from 2024-29.

This will see the creation of dedicated earthworks and drainage teams, and improved operational weather expertise to lead the climate change adaptation strategy investment.

Overall rail infrastructure company is aiming to spend £44bn in the operations, maintenance and renewal of England and Wales’s railway, £1.8bn more that CP6.

Capital projects – enhancements – are now funded separately on a case-by-case basis and no longer form part of Network Rail’s five-year settlement.

The latest detailed operational and maintenance investment programmes are split between four operating regions.

In CP7, a quarter of targetted overall efficiencies are planned to come from more efficient ‘Delivery’ – completing more projects on time, on budget and to scope that delivers against what is required to modernise the network.

Significant commercial efficiencies will be delivered through smarter ways of working with contractors and taking a whole-industry approach to Network rail’s cost base.

The main drivers will be wider adoption of project SPEED (Swift, Pragmatic and Efficient Enhancement Delivery) particularly in the eastern region.

This has two core principles at its heart – to halve the time and reduce the cost of project delivery.

The tool previously used to manage project delivery GRIP is being replaced after being deemed as inflexible, with PACE, a new tool that allows project managers to adapt their approach, make decisions that best meet the needs of their project and delivery time and cost efficiencies while maintaining rigour.

In the Southern and Western & Wales regions the gains are hoped to come from fully integrated working with Network Rail as an intelligent client.

The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) will now review this initial strategic business plan and review how it measures up against the Government’s High Level Output Statement and Statement of Funds Available.


Latest news

Plan approved for tallest resi tower in Wales

£55m project will be built next to Cardiff's Central Square
4 hours ago

Costain dropped from £1.3bn A66 road job

National Highways pulls Costain off TransPennine upgrade and demands its £1bn A12 widening now shared as a JV
20 hours ago

Laing O’Rourke plans to cut 200 staff jobs

Dartford head office to see bulk of job cuts
1 day ago

SES Services restructures senior team

New MD Rob Clifford to head four new divisions at M&E specialist
21 hours ago

Galliford Try ranks top in May contracts league

Kier holds pole position for highest value of work won over last 12 months
21 hours ago

£800m NEPO construction framework winners

BAM, B&K, Caddick, Esh and Morgan Sindall secure places for first time
21 hours ago

Manchester Uni reboots 3,300-bed campus plan

Initial £7m demolition package out to tender ahead of planning submission
21 hours ago

Subcontractors wanted across Derbyshire

Register now to meet big name buyers at latest Constructionline event
21 hours ago

House builder Lane End owes £12m to suppliers

Administrators probing claims by creditors about company transactions prior to failure
3 days ago

£500m Suffolk construction framework winners

Fourteen contractors and seven M&E specialists secure spots on East of England framework
2 days ago

Illegal cartel whistleblower reward raised to £250,000

Competition watchdog hikes rewards to flush out more construction bid rigging activity
2 days ago

McLaren wins £28m East London health centre job

New three-storey health centre to be built in Hornchurch
2 days ago

Balfour sells telecoms division to Obelisk

Irish infrastructure firm continues expansion plans with Balfour acquisition
3 days ago

Blackburn M65 £20m junction 5 revamp to go-ahead

Balfour Beatty to be confirmed this week to start mobilising in November for 2025 start
2 days ago

Unfit planning system means 4,700-year wait for onshore wind

Call for urgent planning reform for even a chance to meet net zero and housing ambitions
2 days ago

Commercial work boosts construction new orders

Buyers report inflation easing to its weakest for 32 months
3 days ago

Mace, T&T and Atkins secure place on MoD framework

JV wins provide technical services on £5bn defence optimisation programme
2 days ago

Enabling works start on £200m Cambridge station

Murphy starts site preparation ahead of main contractor award next month
4 days ago

Industry aims to be almost diesel-free by 2035

Big players agree first steps to eliminate diesel from most sites
3 days ago

Weston Homes plans £50m East London scheme

Land deal for 147 homes at Town Quay Wharf in Barking
3 days ago

Lee Marley Brickwork hires Countryside regional FD

Matt Sheehan joins from house builder's partnerships arm
3 days ago

Demolition deal awarded on Chancery Lane refurb

General Demolition Ltd lands demolition and enabling works package
3 days ago

Contractors no longer lagging on digital transformation

Construction shrugs-off image as late adopter of technology
3 days ago

Work stops on MAC education job

MAC-Interiors seeks protection from creditors as subbies walk away from Birmingham site
4 days ago

HS2 labour supply firm posts loss despite revenue jump

Hercules Site Services confident about future prospects despite HS2 slow down
4 days ago

Graham to lead UPP push for next generation green campuses

Student campus developer strikes deal with Architype to design and retrofit next generation net zero student halls
4 days ago

NG Bailey appoints Sellafield chief as NED

Martin Chown joins M&E contractor main board
4 days ago

EN:Procure wants firms for £700m new-build homes deal

Regional social housing consortium Efficiency North to renew house building partners
4 days ago

£470m tunnel plan for Scotland’s landslip-prone A83

Scottish Government plans 1-mile long debris flow shelter to protect vehicles from falling rocks
4 days ago

Developer dumps Henry Construction from London tower job

Growing list of subcontractors and suppliers complain they have not been paid
7 days ago

Contractor services