A RAIL infrastructure company is looking to open a regional office in York after being awarded a five-year contract worth up to £50 million.

Story Contracting has been selected to deliver an additional Network Rail contract to carry out geotechnical work on one of England’s main rail routes, the London North Eastern, between 2019 and 2024.

The projects will cover renewals work on embankments, cuttings, drainage and tunnel portals along the route.

Story Contracting, which already has a regional office in Normanton, West Yorkshire, says it will look to strengthen its presence and establish a regional office in York which is close to its client Network Rail.

“This new work will allow Story Contracting to employ in the region of 25 additional staff over the coming year, and will also see the creation of new strategic partnerships with the wider supply chain,” said a spokeswoman.

“The company has already started a recruitment drive and is keen to hear from experienced project managers, quantity surveyors, engineers and planners.”

Story Contracting Chief Executive, Jason Butterworth, said: “We are thrilled with the news of another win from Network Rail which again reinforces our reputation for delivering quality projects safely, on time and to budget.

“This contract will mean we can employ even more professionals across the area and also entice new talent into the industry – including investment in the future with our graduate and apprentice programmes.

“It will also mean we can invest into local communities through our Corporate Social Responsibility programme.”