Network Rail

Case Study

Projects can be controlled from Network Rail locations throughout the UK.


Network Rail owns, operates, maintains and invests in Britain’s rail infrastructure. Increasingly the company is delivering improved standards of safety, reliability and efficiency.

Network Rail at a glance

  • More than 34,000 people
  • 26 strategic routes
  • 20,000 miles of track
  • 1,100 signal boxes
  • Over 7,600 level crossings
  • 40,000 bridges and tunnels
  • Over 2,500 stations (leased to Train Operating Companies)
  • 18 key stations
  • 57,000 ha property portfolio
  • 8,200 commercial properties

As part of a major strategic programme to replace and expand its existing, in-house project control systems, Network Rail selected RIB Software as its preferred supplier of specialist cost management software.


Network Rail’s chosen software solution, RIB CSuite, is used to produce estimates for funding approvals, tendering and procurement, project control, evaluation of contractors’ and suppliers’ bids, benchmarking, resource planning, costing and project check estimates. Various levels of project life-cycle estimate are being produced commensurate with the project execution phase.

A key benefit of the system is its ability to produce estimates at any of Network Rail’s offices and the offices of its accredited suppliers, contractors and consultants. RIB CSuite connects Network Rail’s estimating function throughout the UK – Headquarters (London), Scotland (Glasgow), London North Eastern (York), London North Western (Birmingham), Western (Swindon) and South East (London) - including major works programmes at Thameslink (£3.5bn), King’s Cross (£0.5bn) and CrossRail (£2.3bn).

RIB CSuite is the conduit through which Network Rail is aligning estimating best practice and standardised working methods across a diverse geographical and functional portfolio.

Network Rail has the capacity for an unlimited number of users to access RIB CSuite. The software system allows users to produce and review estimates for renewal and enhancement projects involving track, switches and crossings, signalling control systems, civils works, stations and property, power supply and distribution and telecommunications.

Network Rail is also benefiting from RIB CSuite’s ability to integrate and interface seamlessly with Primavera planning and scheduling software. A bi-directional interface enables the seamless integration of project cost data, providing a unique planning, scheduling and cost control system for users. Network Rail welcomes this development as it links two of its corporate IT tools, further reducing the need for duplicate data input.

As part of its commitment to becoming a world class company, Network Rail is continuously looking to improve the systems and processes it employs to bring cost certainty and value for money into its business. RIB CSuite is seen as a significant contributor to its development of an integrated, end-to-end cost management solution.


“The successful implementation of RIB CSuite as a key component of our strategic investment systems has enabled us to provide an effective cost estimating service to our internal and external customers. The ability to configure the system to meet our specific needs across the breadth of our asset work streams has been a critical success factor for us as well as the developing functionality for reporting.”

Robin Hamilton

Acting Head of Estimating Commercial,
Infrastructure Investment Group,
Network Rail

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