Amey takes on Carillion Rail contracts
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.