A joint venture between Amey and Sersa has been named as preferred bidder for a contract to renew Switch and Crossings (S&C) across two thirds of the UK. The network includes Scotland, the north of Wales, East Midlands, London North East, and London North West (LNW).
Network Rail’s S&C Northern Alliance contract will be delivered by AmeySersa, marking a transformation in the way that track works are delivered in the UK. The core contract is worth up to £400m over 10 years, however it sets the foundations for further enhancements work which AmeySersa believe will be in the order of £150m as the railway system continues to expand.
AmeySersa provides a step-change in the industry by bringing the most efficient, sustainable and innovative track renewal methods from Continental Europe, combined with UK engineering excellence and network knowledge. This new approach – which will see S&C renewals delivered in only eight hours and with far fewer workers on-site – significantly reduces risk and the duration of network possessions. As a result AmeySersa will minimise disruption and deliver unprecedented savings.
Amey’s chief executive, Mel Ewell said:
“We are delighted that Network Rail has selected AmeySersa as preferred bidder for this significant contract. By working in alliance with Network Rail and our partners we can tailor European best practice tailored to suit the UK’s rail network. Working collaboratively and introducing innovation we will provide a safer, more efficient and reliable rail network.”
Hubert Rhomberg, CEO Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group, stated:
“For several years we have successfully delivered Switch & Crossing renewals in an innovative and revolutionary way throughout Europe. Therefore, we are extremely happy to implement this core competency in alliance with Network Rail and our partner Amey in the UK, which allows us to sustainably contribute to increased efficiency.”
AmeySersa will create a multitude of opportunities for the next generation of rail workers through a dedicated Apprenticeship Scheme. A minimum of 3% of the workforce will be apprentices, targeting young people who are currently not in employment, education or training.
Amey is a leading UK public and regulated services provider with over 21,000 employees.
Amey operates over 320 contracts, providing an unrivalled range of services including utilities, highways, waste management, rail, justice solutions, social housing and facilities management. Services are underpinned by our leading consulting and asset management capabilities, which allow us to offer stand-alone or integrated service solutions to a range of clients.
Amey is owned by Ferrovial. They are one of the world’s leading infrastructure management and investment companies. Ferrovial employs approximately 65,000 employees and operates in over 25 countries. Ferrovial’s activities focus on four business sectors construction, airports, toll roads and services. Amey is part of the Services division.
Rhomberg Sersa Rail is Europe's most comprehensive railway technology company.
As full railway engineering service provider the Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group offers an almost complete range of services in the field of railway infrastructure construction, as well as innovative Switch and Crossing renewal systems.
Its portfolio covers track construction, renewal, maintenance and the refurbishment of railway tunnels through to electromechanical and technical infrastructure, railway power supply and communication technology, consultancy, design, security and access systems, system and measuring technology as well as logistics services.
The full railway engineering service provider also offers innovative products such as slab track construction systems and the SLS Sersa Second Life System®. The company focuses on customer-oriented and tailor-made solutions for commuter and long-distance traffic, goods lines or private infrastructure, acting as a prime or general contractor.
In the business year 2012/2013 the company - with its workforce of 2,000 in 8 countries - achieved a turnover of approx. EUR 340 million.