Five IT suppliers are in with a chance of winning business worth in the region of £360m from Network Rail as it announces a new four-year framework.
Accenture, BAE Systems Detica, Cognizant, CSC and TCS have been picked as suppliers on the framework, which Network Rail claims will allow them to take more ownership of designing and building their own solutions.
Network Rail said each supplier will still have to tender for the business, but that by selecting five suppliers already, it will streamline and speed up the process. In total, the firms could win up to around £360m of business, but equally, some could win none at all due to the zero-value nature of the deal which means no business in guaranteed.
The framework, which was run in accordance with standard OJEU procurement processes, will see the suppliers bid for business to supply a range of IT products and services to support operations, including back-office support, business information management and service management and development.
Network Rail's chief information officer Susan Cooklin said the new deal will help the organisation better scale as demand for railway use grows.
"We run one of the busiest railway networks in the world and rely heavily on IT to keep everything moving," she added.
"By creating this framework we will be able to scale more flexibly our resources to meet demand, while retaining our vital assurance role. In this way we can improve our efficiency while continuing to allow 24,000 trains a day across the rail network."
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