A line up of six contractors will share a £195 million on-track plant deal checking the track position for Network Rail over three years.
Fastline, Amey, Balfour Beatty, GrantRail, SECO Rail, and Peterhouse-owned First Engineering have won contracts for tamping and ballast regulating services across four regions.
Fastline and Amey picked up contracts for the London North Western region worth up to £66 million and £21 million respectively over the contract period; Balfour Beatty and GrantRail took the London North Eastern region contracts of the same value.
The Western region went to SECO at £1.8 million a year and First Engineering will take on a £15.3 million contract in Scotland. A seventh contract for the remainder of the Western area is still to be agreed.
Network Rail took its maintenance in-house in October 2003. It has a team of 'tamper planners' which provides maintenance and renewal requirements.
Work is set to start in April 2006.
By Lisa Glancy