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Carillion tracks down rail deal

LAING O'Rourke has missed out on the opportunity of working for its former colleagues at Laing Rail after Carillion derailed its attempt to win a £50 million scheme in southern England.

The lengthy battle for the £50 million Evergreen Phase II rail scheme, first advertised back in January 2003, ended last week when Carillion was given the signal by joint client Chiltern Railways and Laing Rail.

An official decision on the Private Finance Initiative scheme is due later next month but a source close to the project said: 'It has gone to Carillion and it is chuffed after waiting all this time.'

The scheme hit delays when financing was switched to PFI and bids had to be resubmitted back in June.Work will now start in the New Year.

The contractor will build two platforms at Marylebone station in central London and will upgrade the route from there to Bicester in Oxfordshire and Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire.

Carillion will take responsibility for the realignment of the track on the approaches to Beaconsfield to increase the top speed for trains to 75 mph.

Signalling alterations are also required between Marylebone and Neasden and around Neasden South junction in London, Bicester North, High Wycombe, Aylesbury and Princes Risborough.

Tender documents for the £30 million Ebbw Valley rail scheme in south Wales will not be issued until January.

Six teams have been waiting on documents from Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council since May.When documents arrive, Amec, Mowlem, Balfour Beatty, Amey, Jarvis and a Hochtief/Alun Griffiths joint venture will have until April to compile bids. A decision will be made in July.The winner will reopen a disused freight line for passenger use in the South Wales valleys.