Balfour Beatty wins $697M contract for US rail corridor

Vania Goncalves 17 Aug 2016 NORTH AMERICA TRANSPORT INFRASTRUCTURE

Balfour Beatty has won a $697M contract for the electrification of the Caltrain rail corridor in the USA.


The electrification of the 84km-long line between San Francisco and San Jose will bring high-performance trains to Caltrain’s fleet — providing a more frequent service.

Balfour Beatty Infrastructure will design and build a 25kv AC overhead catenary system to serve as the power source for the new high-speed trains. The project also includes the construction of two traction power substations, one switching substation and seven paralleling substations.

As part of the electrifying works, signal systems and earth existing facilities will be replaced.

Balfour Beatty Group chief executive Leo Quinn said:  “Our extensive experience in managing complex rail projects leaves us well-qualified to deliver this significant scheme.  Caltrain builds on the back of the recent successful delivery of our part in the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 Commuter Rail network in Denver, Colorado.

“We are pleased our unique capability has been recognised with this award which contributes to our strategy to increase our design-build rail market share across the US.”

Construction work is due to start this autumn with completion scheduled for 2020. About 300 people will be employed — including 50 apprentice opportunities — during the construction peak.

* Data provided by Timetric's Construction Intelligence Center.

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