ABB and Mowlem Railways have signed a seven-year framework agreement with Network Rail to upgrade power supply systems on commuter routes in southeast England. The agreement is worth between $60-80 million in the first year.
According to ABB, the agreement is essential to allow the operation of modern rolling stock and to phase out existing carriages on the busiest commuter lines in England.
ABB said its strength in substation project management, engineering, construction and power technology products would be combined with Mowlem’s experience in major civil and electrical construction projects.
ABB’s share of the work includes design, supply, construction and commissioning of new and upgraded substations and high-voltage cables for transmission lines.
The ABB Mowlem consortium will work alongside Network Rail and other stakeholders including the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) and the Train Operating Companies (TOCs) on the complex project.