Rail campaigners have welcomed a replacement for Balfour Beatty for the vital electrification on the Blackpool North railway line.
Engineering giant Carillion has confirmed it is in “early contractor involvement” with Network Rail to take over the contract after Balfour Beatty pulled out of the much-delayed process in August.
The announcement was revealed in a stock market trading report which stated: “Carillion and Carillion Joint Ventures have been selected by Network Rail for a number of frameworks and early contractor involvement contracts from which Carillion expects to generate over £400m of revenue.
“These include the Midland Main Line Electrification project, which was recently “un-paused” by the UK Government, the North West Electrification project and the electrification of the Schotts line in Scotland.”
A spokesman said today: “Carillion is working with Network Rail on various options of the North West Electrification Programme. To date no formal contracts have been signed.”
Paul Nettleton, from the Blackpool and Fylde Rail Users Association, said it was a boost for the project which had already been put back from 2016 to 2017.
He added: “I think to be fair Network Rail has moved quite quickly.
“Hopefully this will mean that the knock on effect of Balfour pulling out will be mitigated and it will not delay the contract any further.”