Colas Rail’s success is built upon our ability to harness the best of our supply chain and to build professional, collaborative relationships based on performance that ensures people get home safe every day.
Colas Rail UK’s Procurement Process
Our Commitment to SME’s
Colas Rail continues to commit to the Government’s SME target of a minimum 33% spend with SMEs. We have exceeded this for the last 3 years, rising to over 40% in 2021/22, based on the contracts currently held, for future years.
Colas Rail commits to pay our SME’s promptly, we were an original signatory to Network Rail’s Fair Payment Charter, and happy to support the Governments Prompt Payment Code.
Colas Rail are keen to obtain the best suppliers to support our delivery portfolio. If you have a product or services that will help drive efficiency and effectiveness in the railway,
Thorough assessment of suppliers and their safety practices and through audit and demonstration of their proven capability and competency to keep people safe for all activities including those on or near the line.
Regular communication with our supply chain. Once appointed Colas Rail ensure that we maintain regular dialogue to ensure that our requirements are fully understood, that good safety behaviours are embedded, and documentation is approved in advance of works commencing.
Performance will be monitored through leading KPIs and ‘League Tables’ that are visible and verifiable.
Where appropriate, and in line with our Ethics policy, we will incentivise suppliers to attain excellence, recognising their efforts and contribution to improved performance whether this is safety, financial, technical, environmental or social value.
Principles that Govern Colas Rail UK’s Supplier Management.
Corporate Social Responsibility
Colas Rail are committed to a proactive sustainable development approach in our purchasing, which is an important component of our activities.
Our main investor Bouygues has set out the wider Group’s CSR charter for our suppliers, contractors, subcontractors and service providers to define the commitments expected by the Group in terms of ethics, fighting corruption, respect for human rights, compliance with labour standards, as well as health and safety, and environmental protection.
Our dedicated teams possess a deep understanding of the railway, helping us to develop safe and efficient solutions that consider the needs of the passenger during design, construction and throughout the life of the new infrastructure.
Ideas and Innovations
To help sponsor, encourage and promote rail sector related innovation for goods, works and services. Colas Rail would like new and existing suppliers to contact us with their ideas that could drive improvements in the markets in which we work. Please submit your ideas by clicking the link
Should you wish to supply to Colas Rail, we have three key contact as shown below which represent our three principal markets.
Get in touch to supply to Infrastructure, Services or Urban:
- Our Infrastructure business provides multi-disciplinary design and build services to the mainline railways
- Our Rail Services business provides freight and on-track plant services
- Our Urban business provides multi-disciplinary design and build services to metro and light rail systems, both to new and existing networks
Colas Rail is a leading provider of rail infrastructure services both nationally and globally – from simple projects, through to highly complex schemes.
- Track Installation, Renewal and Maintenance
- Electrification (Overhead Catenary Systems and 3rd Rail)
- High Voltage and Traction Power
- Rolling Stock Refurbishment and Maintenance
We focus on flexibility, efficiency and reliability – working in partnership with our customers to offer our expertise across our core service areas.
- Operation and Maintenance of On Track Plant
- Rail Freight Transport
We aim to provide urban transportation systems to connect residents and enhance local communities, while positively impacting the environment. Our passenger services improve mobility within and around urban or suburban areas.
- Light / Metro Rail
- Tramway Services
High Speed Rail
With more than 35 years’ experience in High-Speed delivery, our established design process has enabled us to produce successful projects and even break a few records.Learn More