NR signs suppliers on £9bn renewals deals

Four supply chain companies have signed a ground-breaking ten-year deal with Network Rail. 

Worth up to £9 billion, it covers Southern Region’s renewals portfolio for the next two financial Control Periods (2024-29 and 2029-34). 

The alliance will be known as Southern Integrated Delivery (SID). The aim is to make efficiency savings by combining Network Rail’s team with the private companies, involving them throughout planning and delivery. 

Network Rail says this is the first deal of its kind, and that it will mean a “fundamental shift in leadership, governance, behaviours and skills”. 

The infrastructure owner will state what it needs to achieve, rather than specifying how it should be done. Contractors will generate profits through performance measured against an agreed plan, rather than based on volume of work done or turnover. 

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