Amey has been named by Network Rail as the provider for five of its new Civil Examination Framework Agreement (CEFA) contracts.
Awarded the sole contract for the Scotland region, Amey will cover the examination of all railway structures for the next five years, including structures examinations, operational property inspections and earthworks examinations.
Amey will also take asset management responsibility for the structures (South East) and tunnels within the Southern region and all building assets in the Wales and Western region for the next four years, as well as the majority of building assets in the Eastern region for the next three years.
These new contracts combined are worth approximately £22m per annum with the potential for future contract extensions.
With local knowledge and understanding of the railway network, Amey’s examiners provide an intelligent approach to asset management. Combined with Amey’s specialist capabilities and technology to analyse asset data, route examiners can provide strategic advice to help Network Rail make informed decisions about their assets. This integrated approach will support Network Rail to optimise the maintenance regimes of complex railway assets.
Peter Anderson, Managing Director of Transport Infrastructure at Amey, said: “We are extremely proud to be continuing our long-term relationship with Network Rail across its geographical regions delivering intelligent asset inspections and examinations of critical infrastructure. 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.”
Amey shares Network Rail’s commitment to addressing skills shortages, promoting diversity and encouraging a more inclusive workplace. Through commitments such as recruiting apprentices every year and developing incorporated engineers through bespoke railway engineering degree apprenticeship schemes with Sheffield Hallam University, together Amey and Network Rail will inspire tomorrow’s workforce on the CEFA contract.
Mr Anderson continued: “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 continuously with Network Rail delivering aspects of the CEFA contracts since 2009, taking responsibility for the asset management and examination of different assets during this time. Amey has always been committed to creating a sustainable future for the communities it operates in, through the design and delivery of services that are carbon positive, enhance biodiversity and use environmentally sustainable resources. Since 2009, on the CEFA contract, Amey has achieved a 58 per cent reduction in its normalised carbon footprint. This will be a continuing feature of the new contracts, and Amey will be collaborating with its stakeholders and supply chain to reduce lifecycle and value chain carbon.