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Network Rail spend league: Which firm has won the most?

Network Rail has spent more money on Costain than any other supplier for the second year in a row, with the firm securing more than £540m of work during 2016/17.

The contractor secured £541m of work from the rail body for the year to 31 March 2017, marking a 44 per cent increase from the previous year’s figure of £377m.

Costain’s haul represented more than 7 per cent of the £7.36bn Network Rail invested in improving the country’s rail network during 2016/17 (see full table).

The level of work carried out by Costain rose significantly over 2015/16 and 2016/17, with the firm having ranked only seventh in the contractor spend table for 2014/15 with a haul of £215m.

Costain was far and away the railway’s busiest contractor in terms of workload value, with its ABC electrification joint venture with Alstom and Babcock also securing £201m of contracts, placing the JV fifth in terms of highest supplier spend.

Second in the table for 2016/17 was Carillion, which landed £372m-worth of work for the 12-month period – up £20m on the previous period’s £352m haul.

Network Rail’s spend on its top 20 contractors totalled £3.69bn for 2016/17, up more than 7 per cent on 2015/16’s £3.44bn.

New entries into the latest supplier league include Amey Inabensa, the electrification JV between Amey and Spanish specialist Inabensa, which secured just under £100m of work in the 12 months.

Skanska and Bam Nuttall’s Northern Hub joint venture meanwhile won £79m of work linked to its work building the new Ordsall Chord in Manchester.

Colas Rail was sixth, securing £204m, Balfour Beatty seventh on £204m, Amalgamated Construction clinched eighth with £183m and Murphy was ninth on £175m.

The table comes in the week the Department for Transport will reveal how much it is willing to give to Network Rail to fund its CP6 funding period, running from 2019 to 2024.

The announcement was expected in July, but transport secretary Chris Grayling decided to defer the decision, saying he needed more assurances on the likely costs of the work programme for CP6. 

Network Rail contractor spend league table 2016/17

RankContractorSpend% of total
1 Costain £540,961,618.37 7.4%
2 Carillion Construction £372,237,844.18 5.1%
3 Siemens Rail Automation £291,386,494.29 4.0%
4 EDF Energy Customers £287,227,489.09 3.9%
5 ABC Electrification £206,382,315.85 2.8%
6 Colas Rail £203,710,837.03 2.8%
7 Balfour Beatty Rail  £203,683,222.20 2.8%
8 Amalgamated Construction £183,842,490.66 2.5%
9 J Murphy & Sons £175,281,824.41 2.4%
10 Amey Rail £173,675,929.02 2.4%
11 Alstom Transport UK £142,769,807.39 1.9%
12 Bam Nuttall £133,059,035.39 1.8%
13 Babcock Rail £131,223,916.69 1.8%
14 Morgan Sindall £109,703,713.72 1.5%
15 AmeyInabensa £99,926,830.24 1.4%
16 Capita Business Services £95,467,909.96 1.3%
17 Osborne £90,454,592.82 1.2%
18 Atkins £83,215,456.71 1.1%
19 VolkerFitzpatrick £82,600,947.84 1.1%
20 Skanska Bam Northern Hub JV £79,127,576.83 1.1%
  Others £3,673,895,939.58 49.9%
  Total £7,359,835,792.27  

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