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Colas Rail awarded rail grinding contract by Network Rail

29 January 2019
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Colas Rail’s has been awarded a 3-year rail grinding contract by Network Rail across Britain from February 2019 for a minimum of 3 years.

Colas Rail will operate and maintain six rail grinding machines and deliver almost 1,400 operational shifts a year, in a 24/7 operation. Plain line rail grinders are required by Network Rail to carry out corrective and preventative rail grinding works throughout Britain.

Colas Rail facilitated the introduction of three brand new Loram C44 plain line rail grinders, the largest of which is C44-03, a 64 stone machine that is almost 150m long. This came into service in 2017. Colas Rail also expanded its maintenance depot in Rugby to accommodate the longer machine.
Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Chief Executive Officer – UK said. “This is a great achievement for the Rail Services division. The award of this contract is a reflection of Colas Rail’s team performance, who will continue to deliver safely, on time and as per the required quality. With safety and performance as our key driver, we remain, more than ever, committed to fulfilling our promise to Network Rail.”

About Colas Rail

Colas Rail, the railway subsidiary of the Colas Group, participates in the design, financing, and project management of the major transport infrastructures (trackworks, overhead lines, signalling, ventilation, smoke extraction, command-control, freight, etc.) in France and on international markets through its projects and specialised businesses.
Colas Rail, which has a workforce of 5,800, boasts 11 different business areas and represents 24 subsidiaries and offices worldwide. The company posted turnover of €948 million in 2017.

For further information:

  • Press release - 29.01.2019
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