Balfour Beatty secures £524 million US rail project

By Catherine Sturman
International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty have secured a £524 million win in US rail project to electrify the Caltrain Rail Corridor. The...

International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty have secured a £524 million win in US rail project to electrify the Caltrain Rail Corridor.

The company will build 52 miles of overhead power lines as part of the Caltrain Peninsula Corridor Electrification Project, which runs from San Francisco to San Jose in order to prepare for future high speed trains which will run on the line.

The work will bring a smoother, more efficient service, providing 92 trains per day.

Leo Quinn, Balfour Beatty Group Chief Executive 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.”

Balfour Beatty have stated that the work undertaken will incorporate the design and build of a “25kv AC overhead catenary system to serve as the power source for the new high speed trains and construction of two traction power substations, one switching substation and seven paralleling substations.”

“The company will also replace signal systems and earth existing facilities as part of the process.”

The project is set to commence in the Autumn, with expected completion date to be at the beginning of 2020.

Source: Balfour Beatty

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