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CECA: Network Rail CP6 Plan will bring vital clarity to contractors   13th February 2018

The Civil Engineering Contractors Association has welcomed the publication of Network Rail’s Strategic Business Plan for Control Period 6 (CP6) 2019-2024.

The plan, published today as part of the process to set the five-year programme of investment in the UK’s railways, sets out how Network Rail will deliver its largest ever spend of £47 billion while driving greater efficiency on the network.

Crucially, the plan recognises the important role that Network Rail’s 4,000 suppliers will play in delivering this work efficiently.

The plan notes the challenges that occurred in the last five years, where workloads were uncertain for industry, leading to inefficiency and cost pressures. It calls for stable and consistent activity levels to allow contractors to maximise the efficiency of delivery. Network Rail’s plan forecasts a 10 per cent improvement in efficiency across its operations, maintenance and renewals activity by 2024.

Importantly, the plan also commits Network Rail to sustain its strong record on health & safety, looking for a halving of lost time injuries during the five years. This compares with the expected 37 per cent reduction in the current CP5 spending period.

The Plan does note a significant drop off in spending on enhancements projects in CP6. This is driven by the decision by the Department for Transport to deal with enhancement projects on a case by case basis, rather than fund through the control period settlement.

CECA chief executive Alasdair Reisner said: “The rail sector is the single largest driver of activity for the UK’s infrastructure contractors. As such, members will welcome the additional clarity that has been provided by the publication of today’s Strategic Business Plan.

“The last five years have proved challenging for industry due to volatility in the flow of work in the sector. Network Rail has recognised that this uncertainty needs to be addressed if we are to deliver an efficient and affordable service to the travelling public.

“Industry is ready to deliver the CP6 programme. We look forward to working with Network Rail to achieve this, while also making the case for further investment in enhancements.”
  

 

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