Press Release

Balfour Beatty awarded £75 million regional framework contract by Network Rail

4 February 2014


Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, today announces it has been awarded a framework contract by Network Rail for the Central Region (LNW North) of the National Electrification Programme.

The seven year framework, anticipated to be worth in excess of £75 million, covers the design and installation of all electrification equipment for the Northern Hub electrification programme for routes between Manchester-Preston-Blackpool and Manchester-Stalybridge. Once complete it will provide faster, quieter and more reliable journeys for passengers in the North of England.

The award of this framework follows Balfour Beatty's involvement in Phases 1 and 2 of the programme covering the Liverpool-Manchester route.  As part of these works Balfour Beatty has already introduced a number of High Output plant solutions to provide safer, more efficient delivery of electrification works.

“We remain committed to working within the UK rail market and Network Rail on core projects such as these in the UK”, said Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton. “We are delighted to be awarded this long term framework contract by Network Rail. This builds on our well established relationship and allows continuing collaboration with the Network Rail team and our supply chain to deliver the biggest programme of rail electrification in a generation.”  

This long term commitment also allows continued investment needed to develop innovation and improvements in the reliability of electrification technology and in the training and development of the workforce, including supporting the proposed development of a Network Rail Electrification Academy.

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Notes to editors:

1. Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance.

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK and the USA, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South East Asia.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors focus on infrastructure - transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, water, and complex buildings (both commercial and social).

Balfour Beatty employs 40,000 people around the world.    

2. Works already being undertaken by Balfour Beatty as part of the National Electrification Programme:

Phase 1 - Newton-le-Willows to Castlefield Junction, Manchester (successfully completed in December 2013)

Phase 2 – Liverpool to  Newton-le-Willows  

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