Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £115 million Network Rail contract for the supply, operation and maintenance of ‘On Track Machines’

11 April 2018


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, has been awarded a seven-year contract worth in excess of £115m for the supply, operation and maintenance of  Balfour Beatty’s fleet of 13 track maintenance vehicles, known as ‘On Track Machines’ or ‘Tampers’, by Network Rail.

Balfour Beatty will be responsible for delivering tamping shifts across Anglia and South-East routes, which are amongst the most heavily utilised parts of the UK rail network.

The machines undertake maintenance, renewals and upgrade work, ensuring the track is expertly aligned to enable smooth, efficient and safe journeys for all passengers. Tampers maintain the track by hydraulically lifting the track and packing ballast underneath the sleepers to fill voids and realign the tracks.

Mark Bullock, Managing Director, Balfour Beatty’s rail business said, “This award from Network Rail is further evidence of Balfour Beatty’s skills and expertise in rail plant operations. The contract is an important one for both Balfour Beatty and Network Rail as it will ensure the smooth and safe operation of some of the busiest sections of the railway. By operating both Tampers and Stoneblowers for Network Rail, Balfour Beatty is uniquely positioned to offer an integrated track geometry service to the Routes.”

Balfour Beatty will also be introducing at least two New Tampers for this contract, the first of which is expected to be delivered by 2021



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Notes to editors:

• Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
• Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the world’s biggest shopping mall in Dubai, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
• Balfour Beatty is one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers. From feasibility studies, planning and design through to implementation and asset management, we provide multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure services across the lifecycle of rail assets. Our expertise covers electrification, track, power, civils, specialist rail plant, railway systems and technologies.
• Balfour Beatty provides a comprehensive range of on-track machines for track geometry improvements and general track works. Our fleet of modern tampers consist of plain line machines and switches & crossing units. Along with our expert operators and support staff these machines ensure outstanding track quality for our customers.
• As one of the UK’s most experienced infrastructure companies Balfour Beatty has developed an in-depth understanding of the needs of the British railways and we constantly innovate to support our clients. We help to create better journeys by increasing the rail network’s capacity, improving reliability and making our railways more efficient and sustainable.
• Balfour Beatty’s current portfolio of rail projects includes the £170m Track Partnership for London Underground, the £50m project for track re-modelling of London Bridge and Crossrail projects including the £130m Abbey Wood station, the £110m Whitechapel station and the £70m station at Woolwich. Its most recent contract award was for the electrification of the Great Western Mainline route between Cardiff and Bristol Parkway for Network Rail.
• Balfour Beatty’s Rail Innovation Hub in Derby, which was visited by Transport Secretary Chris Grayling last year, has a team of the industry’s leading technical experts and engineers dedicated to research, develop and test the latest, ground-breaking technologies and working practices in the UK and overseas. These include High Speed Measurement Systems and Automated Inspection and Monitoring Systems which enable track maintenance to be done on passenger trains at high speed, allowing early fault detection and significantly reducing costs.
• Balfour Beatty acquired Omnicom Engineering to enhance its innovation capabilities and Omnicom’s global reach. This unique company, which specialises in the development of vehicle borne software and hardware platforms for asset survey, inspection and monitoring, provides an unrivalled range of solutions to support the maintenance of roads and railways across the world.

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