Network Rail has announced the four framework suppliers that will be responsible for delivering a major electrification project in the coming years.

Ameylnabensa, ABC Electrification, CarillionPowerlines and Balfour Beatty will all be involved in ensuring that this process is brought to fruition over the next seven years. These improvements will be seen all over England, Wales and Scotland and will represent the first time that key routes will be electrified. The goal is to create faster, quieter, greener and more reliable journeys for passengers and freight companies as well as reducing overall costs.

Network Rail highlighted a number of schemes that will be the focus of this work such as the Great Western and Midland mainline. The Liverpool to Manchester route along with Preston, the Valley lines in south Wales and the line between Southampton docks and the West Midlands and Yorkshire which is known as the "electric spine". Upgrading these areas has been seen as key to improving rail travel in the UK.

Each of the companies have been awarded certain areas of the country with Amenylabensa being given the southern region, ABC will be responsible for Central (London North Western, South) region and Western & Wales region. CarillionPowerlines will be working on Central (East Midlands) and Scotland and north-east region while Balfour Beatty has been awarded Central (London North Western, North) region.

Jeremy Candfield, director general of the Railway Industry Association, commented: “This is a major and very welcome step in the transformation of the railway.

"It will encourage suppliers to invest in the training and equipment needed for the growing national electrification programme and pave the way for suppliers’ greater involvement to maximise the efficient delivery of the projects.”

Network Rail explained that the decision to electrify large parts of the nation's railways is due to the fact electric trains are much better for the environment and do not have the same impact that the traditional diesel engines do.

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