The Ministry of Defence (MoD) has announced that EWS Network has won its £28m strategic rail capability and mainline rail freight services haulage contract.
Awarded following a competitive tender process, the four-year contract also covers the maintenance of the MoD’s wagon fleet.
London-headquartered EWS Network, part of English Welsh and Scottish Railway group, will supply locomotives to pull the MoD’s own fleet of railway wagons and provide specialist services using EWS’ wagon fleet as required. According to the MoD, in an average year it carries out around 8,000 rail freight journeys on Britain’s rail network.
Brigadier Jeff Mason, defence supply chain operations and movements (DSCOM) director, said: ‘The national railway network is a vital strategic transport asset for MoD. We will take full advantage of it under this contract to continue to move by rail a wide range of armoured vehicles and material. Moving these items by rail saves on road transport costs and exploits the MoD’s existing rail assets. It also meets the MoD’s commitment to greener issues.’
Gerry Jones, account manager for EWS Network, said: ‘While it is a demanding role, it is a prestigious contract to win and an honour to provide rail freight services for the Ministry of Defence. We are delighted to have provided the right combination of flexibility, commitment and value in our tender response which has met their requirements.’