Network Rail has appointed Amey to carry out five of its new Civil Examination Framework Agreement (CEFA) contracts worth about £22 million a year.
Having secured the sole contract for the Scotland region, Amey will cover the examination of all railway structures for the next five years, including structures analysis, operational property inspections and earthworks examinations.
The provider will also take on responsibility for asset management for the South East structures and tunnels within the Southern region and all building assets in the Wales and Western region for four years, as well as overseeing most building assets in the Eastern region for the next three years. All the contracts contain options to be extended.
Amey’s examiners will provide an intelligent approach to asset management. Deploying its specialist capabilities and technology to analyse asset data, route examiners can offer strategic advice to help Network Rail make informed decisions about its assets. This integrated approach will support the carrier to optimise maintenance regimes for complex rail assets, said Amey.
Peter Anderson, managing director of transport infrastructure at Amey, said: “We take our responsibility to help the smooth running of the railway for passengers extremely seriously and are delighted our team’s specialist capabilities have been recognised to continue providing recommendations which add value.”
The company said it shared Network Rail’s commitment to addressing skills shortages, promoting diversity and encouraging a more inclusive workplace. It added that by committing to recruit apprentices and developing incorporated engineers through railway engineering degree apprenticeship schemes with Sheffield Hallam University, it aims, together with Network Rail, “to inspire tomorrow’s workforce on the CEFA contract”.
Anderson explained: “Having a positive impact and leaving a sustainable legacy with the local communities we work in is crucial to Amey, and sits at the core of how we think, behave and operate as a business. The new CEFA contracts give us an opportunity to support young people into employment by introducing them to an interesting and thoughtful career in railway examinations.”
Amey has worked with Network Rail delivering aspects of the framework since 2009 and has since achieved a 58 per cent reduction in its normalised carbon footprint. This will be a continuing feature of the new contracts, and the company will collaborate with its stakeholders and supply chain to reduce life cycle and value chain carbon.
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