Rail Tenders

Rail improvement and innovation features high on the government’s list of priorities, with significant committed investments into railway infrastructure, and other methods of transport across the UK.

As well as HS2, there are a number of other developments up and down the country, including the Transpennine upgrade, Crossrail and numerous projects for Transport of London. This continues to present suppliers of the rail industry with an incredible opportunity to tender for some potentially landmark contracts.

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What services do rail tenders cover?

With a wide range of investments across the rail industry the diversity of services, works and products that suppliers can offer is evolving, providing more opportunities for a variety of innovative solutions to transform this industry. Some examples of rail tender opportunities include;

  • National Welding
  • Vegetation Management
  • Waste Clearance
  • Railway Engineering Services
  • Railway Consultancy
  • Railway Rolling Stock
  • Railway Equipment

How to win rail tenders

With a remit spanning several key areas, it can sometimes be complicated to understand the specific requirements of each individual bid. This task can often fall upon those who already perform other operational and development roles, leading to the pressure of time management, impacting on the level of your bid success.

  • Regardless of the service or product you are looking to supply, health & safety is absolutely key to the rail industry. Showing a clear understanding, recognition of the importance of health & safety, and demonstrating how you will overcome any such challenges to prevent any risks will support your success.
  • Many providers are looking for suppliers to support them in ensuring a legacy is left after the contract or project. This often involves thinking far beyond the contract term. A focus on CSR, recruitment and training, and efficiency is recommended.
  • Collaboration and effective communication is critical to any partnership. You will need to evidence how you can work with multiple stakeholders and maintain a strong working relationship throughout the contract.

Why use Thornton & Lowe 

In this highly competitive sector bidding for rail contracts can often be stressful. Using our vast knowledge and experience, Thornton & Lowe understand how to overcome the current challenges in the marketplace and how to respond to the expectations of rail buyers, to put our clients ahead of the competition. With offices throughout the UK, Thornton & Lowe are perfectly placed to provide local, regional and national support.

We have successfully supported many of our clients who have traditionally been tier 2 contractors, into securing tier 1 contracts with key railway providers. As well as core infrastructure projects into rail we have also helped our clients secure contracts for recruitment service, vegetation management, professional services into rail and specifically Network Rail projects. 

Our team of in-house bid writers tailor our services to the requirements of each bid, meaning whether your organisation needs end to end bid support, or a previous submission review, our writers will be able to assist.

Where to find rail tenders?

With the ongoing development of projects, and new initiatives launched frequently, rail tender opportunities can span a wide range of works, services and products, providing both SME's and larger businesses lucrative opportunities. With numerous tender opportunities available it can be difficult to navigate the tender process from finding suitable tenders through to developing the winning bid. 

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What our customers say...

I found it very useful as a buyer understanding the contractors’ questions and the requirements from Network Rail for Tenders. I will certainly suggest it to our Bid Manager and his team!




Sam Fraser – Services Buyer, UK Power Networks

Thornton & Lowe provided an excellent service throughout the tendering period; from initial telephone enquiry to tender submission and beyond. The correct expertise of their staff combined with genuine people skills ensured they fitted seamlessly into the existing company structure and added genuine value to the bid writing process.

Andrew Sumner, Contracts Director, Stobart Rail

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