Salini Impregilo JV wins contract for Texas high-speed train project

WCN Editorial Team 16 Sep 2019 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Texas Central, the developer of the Texas Bullet Train, has signed a design-build contract with the joint venture of civil engineering contractor Salini Impregilo and Lane Construction for Texas High-Speed Train.

Based on Central Japan Railway’s Tokaido Shinkansen train system, the Texas train project is estimated to cost approximately $20bn (£16bn) with the civil works estimated at $14bn (£11.1bn).

Under the contract, Salini-Lane will be responsible for the civil and infrastructure scope for the new high-speed train service between Houston and Dallas.

The scope of contract includes the design and construction of the viaduct and embankment sections along the entire route, the installation of the track system and the alignment and construction of all buildings and services that will house maintenance and other rail system equipment.

Salini Impregilo said that the design-build agreement authorises the joint venture a set of early works to continue advancing engineering design, detailed planning, interface definition and other key prerequisites necessary to start construction.

Texas Central CEO Carlos Aguilar said: “This agreement brings us one step closer to beginning construction of the civil infrastructure segments of the project.

“Salini-Lane’s unmatched track record with rail infrastructure, and very specifically its world class high-speed rail expertise across the globe, will be central to the completion of America’s first end to end high-speed rail system.”

Salini Impregilo Group CEO Pietro Salini said: “We are thrilled and honored to bring our large-scale railway expertise to this unique opportunity.

“This inclusion in bringing high-speed train service to Texas and America, through leading the project’s design and construction, is an invaluable experience.”

The project is expected to generate an estimated $36bn (£28.7bn) in economic benefits over the next 25 years, including the creation of 10,000 jobs per year during peak construction phase and 1,500 permanent jobs once fully operational.

The Japan’s Shinkansen N700S is planned to be debuted before 2020 Olympics in summer.

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Image: Illustration of Texas High-Speed Train. Photo: courtesy of Texas Central.

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