Network Rail has published a notice seeking direct labour firms to work with it under a new £1.65bn agreement.
The rail client will appoint up to 30 firms to the framework, which runs for five years across up to 10 regions.
Its OJEU notice states that work will be divided into five lots: core contingent labour; specialist signalling and telecomms; specialist electrification and plant; specialist protection; and specialist welding and grinding.
In November 2013, Salford-based Vital Services – which had been Network Rail’s largest supplier of engineering and maintenance labour – appointed Deloitte as administrator.
Another supplier, Morson Group, bought the assets and contracts of the firms, saving more than 200 directly employed staff as well as more than 2,000 contracted employees.
The country will be split into up to 10 contracting divisions for which participants can select where they would like to be considered to provide the services.
PQQ returns should be filed by 24 February at 9am.