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Costain director starts electrification chief role

Former Costain technical and operations director Alan Kay has started a role as chief executive of ABC Electrification.

The incorporated business jointly owned by Alstom, Babcock and Costain scooped two huge frameworks in February as part of Network Rail’s £2bn electrification programme.

ABC won the Central (London North-western, South) and Western & Wales regional deals.

Costain said at the time that the ABC Electrification contracts would be worth an initial £900m to the JV under a seven year term, potentially extendable by a further three years.

The total network comprises two thousand miles of track in a huge programme of rail electrification, one of Network Rail’s priorities for CP5 (2014 to 2019).

Mr Kay said the success of the frameworks depended on a collaborative approach, which would lead to better cost and risk management while enhancing competitiveness and performance through innovation.

“I am really looking forward to starting my new role at ABC Electrification, particularly at such an exciting time for the rail industry, and I very much look forward to working with Network Rail and my colleagues at Alstom and Babcock. For a project of this size, collaborative delivery is essential. We need to harness our collective knowledge and work together so that best practice and efficiency improvements can be shared across the programme,” he said.

The joint venture recently worked on the West Coast main line between Whitmore, south of Crewe, and Great Strickland near the Scottish border, which has been upgraded as part of Network Rail’s £100 million West Coast power supply programme.

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