Network Rail is looking for a drone pilot training partner and a supplier as part of a maintenance work framework plan.
The information comes as the firm issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for its upcoming Unmanned Aircraft Systems Framework.
According to a report from the New Civil Engineer, the framework will cover infrastructure inspections and maintenance checks which will be carried out on the network via drone.
Split into five lots and totalling £2.6m, the framework will be carried out over a three to five year period and will focus on structures and bridge surveys, embankment checks, Overhead Line Equipment inspections, post incident condition examinations and security reviews.
Earlier this year, Commercial Drone Professional released an exclusive report on how TfL was looking to integrate UAVs into its operations.
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