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Railtrack plc

Railtrack awards program management contracts

27 May 1999
source Railtrack plc
type Press release

Railtrack PLC today announced the award of framework contracts to three international program management companies who will work alongside Railtrack to deliver its (pound)10.7 billion program of investment in new and upgraded railway infrastructure (part of Railtrack's total (pound)27 billion 10 year program).

Following expressions of interest from more than 60 companies, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Bechtel, and a joint venture of Fluor Daniel and Mott MacDonald were chosen from a shortlist of companies which have the experience, skills and attitudes that Railtrack is seeking. These framework contracts are effective immediately and will run for seven years. They provide the framework within which Railtrack will award contracts for the management of individual programs.

Announcing the contracts, Simon Murray, Director Major Projects and Investment at Railtrack said:

"These appointments are an important step forward in establishing the strong and experienced management teams to deliver our ambitious program of investment in new railway infrastructure. We are well advanced in our discussions with Parson Brinckerhoff and Fluor Daniel/Mott MacDonald on the management of the West Coast Route Modernization and East Coast Main Line programs.

"We are also working closely with Bechtel on our negotiations with Government for the public private partnership for London Underground's (LUL) subsurface infrastructure company. As we move forward with the delivery of other major programs we will be looking to these three companies and possibly to the other shortlisted firms to provide the skilled and experienced program management teams that we need.

"These framework agreements enable us to combine Railtrack's skills in railway engineering and operations with the skills and experience of the world's leading program management companies. They also enable us to respond flexibly to the changing demands of our exciting and ambitious investment program.

"This is the approach we are adopting to the construction of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, currently one of the country's biggest construction projects. The combination of Railtrack's expertise in engineering and operations and Bechtel's program management working side by side is delivering the output. Phase 1 is 15% complete, on schedule and on budget," he said.

Railtrack's investment program, which this year will approach (pound)1.6 billion ((pound)2 billion when the Channel Tunnel Rail Link is included) is running at twice the level of three years ago. Delivery is managed by Railtrack own project management teams in Railtrack's seven zones. The three chosen program managers will supplement and support Railtrack's specialist railway teams going forward on the larger more complex programs.

All recent press releases can be found on the Railtrack web site at the following address:

Notes to editors:

Parsons Brinckerhoff

Since William Barclay Parsons pioneered US cut-and-cover tunnel construction on the New York City subway in 1900, Parsons Brinckerhoff, the firm Parsons founded, has played a design role in virtually every major US urban transit system and in prominent systems worldwide. Nearly 100 years later, Parsons Brinckerhoff is recognised as the number one US transportation engineering and programme management firm.

PB offers planning, engineering, construction management and operations & maintenance services for transit systems, highways, bridges, airports, power plants, water and wastewater facilities, buildings and telecommunications systems. With the acquisitions of UK based consultants Merz & McLellan in 1995 and Kennedy & Donkin in 1998, PB's staff has grown to over 7,700 worldwide including more than 1,800 people located throughout the United Kingdom, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


Bechtel provides technical, management and directly related services to develop, manage, engineer, build and operate installations for customers worldwide and has been active in the UK since 1951. Current projects include the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, a 109-kilometer high-speed line between London and the Channel Tunnel scheduled for completion in 2007. Bechtel was also appointed in autumn last year to manage the completion of the 16km, 11 station Jubilee Line extension to the London Underground. This will be the largest addition to the network in more than 25 years and is scheduled for completion by the end of this year.

Fluor Daniel

Fluor Daniel is one of the largest engineering and construction companies in the world, providing expertise in program management, engineering, procurement, project controls, construction and maintenance. Its world-class program management capability has been demonstrated on high profile mass transit, railway airport and highway projects in a diverse range of environments spanning several continents. A key element to Fluor Daniel's success is the ability to integrate multiple partners, subcontractors and other essential service providers into a single, functional project team.

Fluor Daniel has the experience and the people as well as the program management systems and procedures, to deliver continuous improvement in cost, delivery times and performance on major capital investment programs, such as the one Railtrack is currently planning. Fluor Daniel is a business enterprise group of Fluor Corporation. The US headquartered company has been operating in Europe for over 40 years and reported a turnover in 1998 of $13.5 billion with over 40,000 employees and offices on six continents.

Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald has been a key player in developing major transportation infrastructure world-wide ever since founder Basil Mott worked on the City and South London Railway in the late 1880s. Recent examples include Hong Kong's new airport - where the firm led (pound)4 billion of Airport Core Projects including the Lantau Link plus the passenger terminal and London's Heathrow Express. Current UK assignments range from roles as one of Railtrack's multi-functional consultants on the West Coast Route Modernization program and as Government's Project Representative on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, to work on Railtrack's Station Regeneration Program and London Underground's Earth Structures Program - jointly run with LUL and Kvaerner and selected as a best practice demonstration project in the DETR's Movement for Innovation (M4i).

Further companies shortlisted include Brown and Root and Mace-OK who will continue to provide additional support to Railtrack and will be first in line to take on further programs should the initial three be fully committed.

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