Network Rail has awarded Jacobs places on four, potential five-year term lots to deliver technical and professional services, including geotechnical, civils and structures capability for Design Services Framework (DSF), Jacobs announced on Wednesday.
"Network Rail will have greater access to a design support network providing mutual benefits to both Network Rail and the supply chain," added Network Rail Commercial Director Daljinder Chatta. "Some of these include working more directly with suppliers, improved assurance, getting closer to experts, improved business and safety performance, and enabling innovation to thrive."
Jacobs, along with Costain and SYSTRA, will begin work immediately. The company will supply a variety of professional services to improve Network Rail, utilizing niche capabilities from a supply chain of 45 firms, including 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises.
Network Rail’s venture includes two projects that Jacobs is currently supporting, The Western Rail Link to Heathrow and the Transpennine Route Upgrade, to enhance and renew the U.K.’s transportation systems.
The framework contract allows Jacobs to continue to develop the company’s technology-driven solutions, including asset management, digital twin, strategic consultancy and major project and program delivery.
"This is an exciting opportunity to continue to support a more integrated way of working and help Network Rail in its drive to improve reliability and putting passengers first," said Jacobs People & Places Solutions Senior Vice President and General Manager in Europe, Middle East and Africa Donald Morrison. "As mobility demands and technology evolve rapidly, we are ready to help create smart, resilient transport solutions that enhance passenger experience."
In addition, Jacobs has been selected by the Queensland Government to join Unity Alliance in Jan. 2020. Under the agreement, Jacobs, in conjunction with UGL and AECOM, will deliver the rail, integration and systems work package for the Cross River Rail project in Brisbane, Australia.
Jacobs will supply the design and reconfiguration of the rail network at either end of the new cross city tunnels, provide and install supporting rail systems and integrate Cross River Rail into Queensland Rail's existing network. The company will complete seven station upgrades.
The new rail line is estimated to be 6.3 miles and will run from Dutton Park in Brisbane's inner south to Bowen Hills in the inner north. The agreement will also include 3.6 miles of tunnel under the Brisbane River and Central Business District.
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