Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contract

Eric Wright wins Network Rail principal contractEric Wright Rail (EWR) has been awarded a Principal Contractor Licence scheme by Network Rail that will pave the way for rail infrastructure projects and create new jobs.

The full Licence follows a lengthy process to achieve a provisional PCL, which enabled the company to bid for the Kent work.

Adrian Taylor, director of EWR, said: “Rail sector projects require specialist expertise and extremely high levels of health & safety due diligence so any contractor working in the industry must demonstrate that they have the technical and procedural requirements needed to meet Network Rail’s standards.

“PCL qualification is the formal process by which those requirements are first assessed for a provisional licence and then audited on a live site for a full PCL licence. We are delighted to have passed both steps with flying colours.”

The Kent project involved design development and installation of an electronic early warning system at a level crossing in Edenbridge, including all associated signalling, foundations and service ‘troughing’ works.

Network Rail’s licensing team attended the site to witness the works and interview the project team to ensure that EWR was adhering to its PCL systems and processes before awarding the full licence.

EWR will now be able to bid for further Netowrk Rail infrastructure schemes across the UK, building on the company’s track record in the rail sector, which includes numerous station car park upgrades and a number of minor works projects for various rail operators.

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