A Skanska-BAM Nuttall joint venture has been involved on an early contractor involvement (ECI) basis since 2013. Network Rail as now signed a partnership contract with the two companies, along with Amey and Siemens.
The £85m Ordsall Chord will link Manchester Victoria and Manchester Piccadilly for the first time with a new 340-metre stretch of rail, helping to deliver faster and more frequent trains as part of a wider programme of work. It will link the Bolton and Chat Moss lines, with a new bridge over the River Irwell and a viaduct over Trinity Way.
BAM Nuttall director Alan Cox said: “This alliance continues a long association we have had with the railway in the northwest and we are delighted to be creating such an important new link with an iconic structure that will enrich the railway heritage and passenger experience in the whole region.”
Skanska managing director James Richardson said: “This is a significant part of Network Rail’s plan to stimulate economic growth in the north of England and Skanska is delighted to be part of the alliance delivery team helping to achieve this goal.”
Network Rail alliance manager Mike Heywood said: “This is an exciting time for passengers, businesses and the rail industry in the north of England. A better railway supports jobs, housing and economic growth and the new Ordsall Chord has a massive role to play in opening up new and faster journeys. Within this alliance of organisations, we have a wide range of skills and experience to make this vital new stretch of railway a reality and deliver the service all rail passengers deserve.”