AmeySECO chosen as Network Rail partner for track renewals

11 September 2007
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AmeySECO has been chosen by Network Rail to be one of their four track renewals partners. The contract for plain line and switches & crossing track renewals, is worth in the region of £95 million per annum and stretches from the West Country through to the Thames Valley (including Marylebone) and up into the West Midlands (including Birmingham New Street).

This contract builds on the success of the AmeySECO joint venture, which has been in operation for ten years, delivering plain line track renewals in the West Region. As part of the review process AmeySECO were measured across a number of key areas including safety records, volumes achieved, finishing jobs on time, unit costs and business behaviours.

Peter Henderson, Network Rail Group Director, Infrastructure, commented: “By making these changes, Network Rail aims to achieve significant improvements in the delivery of our track renewals programme. By aligning plain line track renewals and switchings and crossings renewals, and by working closely with our suppliers, we can deliver much improved quality, safety and efficiency.

Charles-Albert Giral, Chairman of AmeySECO commented, “The announcement that AmeySECO is to remain one of Network Rail’s leading partners with an extended area of operation is excellent news. Building on the success of our existing work with Network Rail, we have developed ideas for a number of new solutions that will enable us to improve output and service delivery and play our part in delivering a rail network fit for the 21st century. AmeySECO will continue to invest in its people, plant and technology to support Network Rail in achieving its renewals rates, improving efficiencies and delivering cost savings.”

Notes to the editor

AmeySECO Joint Venture

The AmeySECO joint venture began in 1998 and is one of the leading track renewals contractors in the UK currently renewing over 160 kilometers of track every year at over 150 sites.

About Amey

Amey is one of the UK’s leading support service partners, specialising in the outsourcing of sustainable business solutions. Amey works in partnership with customers across the aviation, central government, defence, education, local government, rail and strategic highways sectors.

Amey is part of Ferrovial, one of Europe’s largest infrastructure and services groups, which brings with it the strength and additional capabilities of a world-leading organisation.

Amey has been listed amongst the ‘Top 100 Companies that Count’ in Business in the Community’s (BITC) Corporate Responsibility Index since 2005.

About SECO

SECO-RAIL, part of the Colas Group owned by Bouygues, has been a specialist railway contractor since the early 1930s. It is one of the largest French railway companies, handling about a third of SNCF’s annual track renewal programme and has constructed a similar proportion of the TGV network. SECO Rail is also active in Belgium and Italy, and undertakes project work across the globe.

Colas Rail is one of Europe’s leading providers of rail infrastructure services. It combines engineering skills to provide total solutions in all aspects of design, development and delivery of rail projects, from high speed rail systems to light and urban rail.

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