Aecom to provide technical support for Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line

WCN Editorial Team 28 Nov 2019 EUROPE TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

US-based infrastructure firm Aecom has secured a framework contract to provide technical support during the design and construction phases of the Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line.

The contract has been awarded by Tunnel Euralpin Lyon-Turin (TELT), which is delivering the new railway line. The US firm will serve as, to be a delivery partner for the design, procurement and construction of the civil works, rail systems and the environmental protection measures for the rail line.

The rail line between Lyon and Turin is an important part of the Mediterranean corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) network.

An important feature of the project will be the 57.5km twin-bored base tunnel that will be the longest railway tunnel ever built.

The project will connect the rail networks of France and Italy, which will improve safety and speed for passengers travelling between the two countries. It will also improve the environment of the Alpine region by transferring the equal number of one million lorries from the road to rail.

Aecom Southern Europe Hub managing director Javier Muñiz said: “Our appointment on this iconic project demonstrates the high regard in which Aecom is held within the global tunnel and railway engineering sector, and it is an example of a successful long-term collaboration between Southern Hub countries – Spain, France and Italy, and the global support of the Aecom experts.

“Furthermore, after decades of experience undertaking innovative civil infrastructure projects in numerous countries and continents, Aecom is leading a new wave of safe and efficient high-speed railway networks that promote habitable communities, reduce road congestion and consider the impact to global climate change.”

In 2018, a consortium of Systra, Setec, Italferr and Pini Swiss Engineers secured a contract to deliver civil project management works for the new rail tunnel link between Lyon and Turin.

Under the contract, the consortium managed two single-track parallel tunnels of 22.1km in length between Saint-Martin-La-Porte and La Praz in the French Alps.

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Image: Aecom to provide technical support for Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line. Photo: courtesy of Peter H from Pixabay.

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