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August 2018 Navartis News Round-Up for the Rail Industry

Posted by: Warren Drobac
Industry News

Network Rail opens applications for contractors on £4 billion project

The framework has been divided into two separate lots. The Western lot is divided into two sub-lots:
  • Lot 1 is valued at £4m to £30m
  • Lot 2 is worth up to £4m.
In addition, the Wales lot is split into four sub-lots:
  • Civils
  • Signalling and power
  • Metallic structures
  • Communications and geotechnical
The framework will initially run for three years, with five one-year extensions.

Read the full story

Network Rail Scotland announce creation of 200 jobs

Network Rail Scotland have announced the creation of 200 jobs for a variety of projects based across the following regions:

  • Highlands
  • North East
  • Perthshire
  • South West
  • Central Belt

The roles on offer include:

  • Logistics and planning
  • Technician
  • Team leader
  • Construction and project management
  • Rail operatives
  • Administrators

The creation of these jobs is due to the incoming investment in Scotland’s railway over the next five years. The investment is set to focus on a variety of different improvements, including expansion, electric trains, and improved passenger facilities. Between 2019 and 2024, the total expenditure on these improvements is likely to exceed £4 billion as the service seeks to accommodate the 96 million passengers who use Scotland’s railway each year.

More information about the upcoming projects and the roles available can be found here.

Concern over HS2 salaries emerges

It has been revealed that one in four HS2 workers are being paid more than £100,000 per year, despite the government’s pledge to keep a “tough grip” on the cost of the project. The figures were obtained by the newspaper The Timers under the Freedom of Information Act, and are expected to cause anger among critics of the controversial infrastructure project. 
Most notably, the number of workers earning six-figures has grown in recent years. In 2015/16, just 155 workers were earning over £100,000 in salary and perks. That number has now grown to 318, equating to one-in-four, given 1,346 people are currently employed on the project. Of those 318, 112 are earning more than £150,000 annually, while 15 receive over £251,000.  Read the full story here.
HS2 have justified the wages due to the need for high levels of expertise as the project enters its final stages, but government minister Chris Grayling has been “under fire” as a result of the revelations. Read the full story here.


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