Amey takes on Car­il­lion Rail con­tracts

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Amey has taken over a se­ries of con­tracts pre­vi­ously run by failed con­trac­tor Car­il­lion.

They in­clude Cen­tral Panel work for the East Coast and Mid­land Main Lines, and for Cross­rail be­tween Old Oak and Padding­ton. It has also ac­quired the Plain Line Track Re­newals and North West Elec­tri­fi­ca­tion Pro­gramme con­tracts.

Net­work Rail Com­mer­cial Di­rec­tor Matthew Steele said: “We are very grate­ful for the com­mit­ment shown by Car­il­lion em­ploy­ees, who are con­tin­u­ing to de­liver these crit­i­cal projects for the ben­e­fit of pas­sen­gers. Af­ter a pe­riod of un­cer­tainty, this is a pos­i­tive de­vel­op­ment and pro­vides sta­bil­ity for many rail projects be­ing un­der­taken by Car­il­lion, while re­tain­ing skills in the rail in­dus­try and our wider sup­ply chain.”

Amey Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Andy Mil­ner added: “We are ex­cited to be tak­ing on these rail con­tracts that form a key part of Net­work Rail’s vi­sion for the coun­try’s mod­ernised rail net­work.

“With a deep un­der­stand­ing of these oper­a­tions, we are per­fectly placed to be­come the new con­trac­tor for these projects. This will mean that our rail busi­ness will grow sig­nif­i­cantly, as we sup­port Net­work Rail to de­liver crit­i­cal mile­stones.”

The RMT union said that while its pre­ferred op­tion was for the Car­il­lion con­tracts to be taken in-house by Net­work Rail: “We recog­nise that to­day’s an­nounce­ment should guar­an­tee up to 700 rail work­ers’ jobs, and we will now be sit­ting down with Amey to work through the key de­tails around con­ti­nu­ity of em­ploy­ment and pen­sions.”

RMT Gen­eral Sec­re­tary Mick Cash ex­pressed con­cern that some Car­il­lion rail con­tracts might not be cov­ered by the agree­ment. He said the union would con­tinue dis­cus­sions with Net­work Rail, Trans­port for Lon­don, train op­er­a­tors and the liq­uida­tors to se­cure fu­ture em­ploy­ment for all Car­il­lion Rail staff.

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