The Balfour Beatty contract marks the launch of a new division within Hercules’ labour supply business, focused on the provision of specialist rail labour for live track work. The supply contract covers the railway industry’s seventh regulatory control period (CP7) in England and Wales, which runs for five years from April 2024 to end of March 2029. Balfour Beatty Rail has been awarded contracts during CP7 to deliver work for Network Rail, Transport for Wales, and London Underground and Hercules is one of six suppliers contracted to supply it with labour.

Hercules chief executive Brusk Korkmaz said: “This contract provides Hercules with an exciting new revenue stream which has strong potential for continued growth. While we have previously provided personnel to deliver heavy civils and earthworks to pre-enable rail-based projects, this contract will see us recruit specialist rail labour on live track on behalf of a customer for the first time, opening up a wider range of opportunities for Hercules in the rail industry. Given that we have worked with Balfour Beatty Group for many years, this news also demonstrates our ability to grow our total customer value due to the quality of the services we provide.

“Additionally, it is important to highlight that the recent government announcement about the future of HS2 has no impact on our ongoing contracts for Phase One of HS2 between London and Birmingham. Our work at this project continues to build momentum as we supply more contractors to site and with the launching of our new technical rail specialism, we are well placed to capture more value from future rail infrastructure projects.”