Pump hire specialist, Sykes Pumps, has been appointed as a preferred pump supplier to Network Rail following a competitive tender.
The two-year agreement, with a one year option to extend, marks the first time that Network Rail has put preferred pump hire supply out to tender.
The contract covers Network Rail’s entire UK-wide track and infrastructure assets and includes all emergency pumping due to floods, along with planned maintenance works and improvement projects.
Explains Stuart McConaghy, director of major accounts at Sykes Pumps: “The schemes involved could be as diverse as managing ground water, through to flooded tunnels or tracks and major infrastructure improvements or station refurbishments.
“Our network of 23 depots UK-wide means that we have the national capabilities, size of fleet and diverse range of pumps required to answer such a broad brief, in terms of both location and application. We were able to showcase those capabilities and demonstrate the commercial viability of working with Sykes Pumps as part of the tender process.”
Sykes Pumps already has experience of working on a number of Network Rail schemes. The company was involved in managing the ground water during the installation of new track drainage and three new under track crossings (UTX) at a scheme between the villages of Peak Dale and Dove Holes in Derbyshire last year and is currently on site at Chipping Sudbury with a standby pump to manage embankment water levels.
Stuart adds: “Because we specialise in pumps, we are completely focused on providing the right pump or pumps for the job, designing bespoke packages to meet our customer’s needs.
“Our national network not only means we can get the right pumps to site quickly, it also means that Network Rail will have local support from our teams for preventative maintenance, commissioning and troubleshooting, giving them complete peace of mind across the rail network.”
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