At least two contractors have won a place on Network Rail’s five year £1 billion Multi-Asset Enhancement Framework as the procurement process draws to a close.
It is thought that Kier and Morgan Est have both won a place on the framework, with two more contractors, Costain and Amey also tipped to be in line for a spot.
Up to 14 firms have been chosen from a shortlist of 25 and contracts will be officially awarded next week after a cooling off period.
Work to be carried out will focus on enhancements rather than renewal of Network Rail’s existing assets.
The winning firms will be responsible for the management and delivery of works on stations, civils, electrification, power, signalling, telecommunications and track.
Individual jobs will be worth between £1m and £15m.
Contractors may also have to provide designs for the works, which will be carried out during Network Rail’s Control Period 4 from 2009 to 2014.
The contract extends into the first few months of Control Period 5 and expires in will expire in July 2014.
Procurement for the contract began in January this year. Around 40 contractors submitted pre-qualification documents in February.
Shortlisted contractors were invited to tender in March and have been awaiting the outcome of their bids since April when their tenders were returned.
A Network Rail spokesperson confirmed that standstill letters had been sent out to all shortlisted contractors late last week.