The agreement covers all the work that Westinghouse will undertake for Network Rail, for an initial period of five years. Over the first three years, the combined value of Type A contracts alone is estimated to be £220m, covering approximately 2,320 Signalling Equivalent Units (SEUs). In addition to the Type A projects, the agreement covers the supply of Type E control centre programmes in the East and West Midlands.
Network Rail required that each tender should include fully detailed proposals, including plans for delivering the SEU efficiency curve, proposals on new technology, supporting details on how companies would meet their CDM obligations and how they would support Network Rail’s ‘hub & spoke’ project organisation model.
Whilst the implementation contracts for the first projects in each area are yet to be signed, Westinghouse has begun preliminary design work on schemes for Glasgow Central, North Erewash and the Leamington Corridor.
The framework agreement takes immediate effect and will run through to 2011, with the option of an extension to 2016.