Ground Control's Arb Rail (Arboricultural Services) team will be carrying out the works. This is the company's newest division which was established in 2012 following the acquisition of the Arboricultural Division of UPM Tilhill.
Peter Allen, director of arboriculture, said: "Further investments in developing our teams will ensure we continue to meet the challenge of vegetation management as part of this essential safety and improvement programme."
Unmanaged trees and plants can cause serious safety problems for the railway by covering up signals or falling on to tracks and overhead power lines. With an estimated 2.5 million trees growing on the line-side it's a big job. "We're proud to be supporting the work to keep the railway safe and running as smoothly as possible," Allen added.
"In practical terms, this achievement secures the future of Ground Control's successful rail business for the next four years. We will be able to grow our rail business by delivering an outstanding service to our Network Rail customers. With an estimated contract value in excess of £40m over the four-year contract period, this could be Ground Control's largest single contract win to date," explained Ground Control managing director Marcus Watson.
"Such a result cannot be achieved on the basis of a tender alone: it is made possible because of our Arb Rail colleagues, who over many years have been focussed on developing strong partnerships within all Network Rail regions and delivering a fantastic service to our customers."
The senior team that helped to secure the landmark contract for Ground Control comprises of Peter Allen, supported by Steve Gates (Rail North), James Hanna (Rail South) and Greg Buckley, HSQE Manager.