AmeySersa set to transform track works in the UK

12 May 2014
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A joint venture between Amey and Sersa has been named as preferred bidder for a contract to renew Switch and Crossings (S&C) across two thirds of the UK. The network includes Scotland, the north of Wales, East Midlands, London North East, and London North West (LNW).

Network Rail’s S&C Northern Alliance contract will be delivered by AmeySersa, marking a transformation in the way that track works are delivered in the UK. The core contract is worth up to £400m over 10 years, however it sets the foundations for further enhancements work which AmeySersa believe will be in the order of £150m as the railway system continues to expand.

AmeySersa provides a step-change in the industry by bringing the most efficient, sustainable and innovative track renewal methods from Continental Europe, combined with UK engineering excellence and network knowledge. This new approach – which will see S&C renewals delivered in only eight hours and with far fewer workers on-site – significantly reduces risk and the duration of network possessions. As a result AmeySersa will minimise disruption and deliver unprecedented savings.

Amey’s chief executive, Mel Ewell said:
“We are delighted that Network Rail has selected AmeySersa as preferred bidder for this significant contract. By working in alliance with Network Rail and our partners we can tailor European best practice tailored to suit the UK’s rail network. Working collaboratively and introducing innovation we will provide a safer, more efficient and reliable rail network.”

Hubert Rhomberg, CEO Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, stated:
“For several years we have successfully delivered Switch & Crossing renewals in an innovative and revolutionary way throughout Europe. Therefore, we are extremely happy to implement this core competency in alliance with Network Rail and our partner Amey in the UK, which allows us to sustainably contribute to increased efficiency.”

AmeySersa will create a multitude of opportunities for the next generation of rail workers through a dedicated Apprenticeship Scheme. A minimum of 3% of the workforce will be apprentices, targeting young people who are currently not in employment, education or training.

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