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Balfour wins £78M US rail project

Balfour Beatty has secured a $131M (£78M) rail deal in North Carolina.

The contractor’s Infrastructure Inc arm will build track and systems components for the New Charlotte Area Transit System Lynx Blue Line extension.

It is the second contract Balfour has won on the Blue Line, which extends Charlotte’s light rail system 15km northeast.

BBII will be responsible for construction of the ballasted track, traction power system, overhead catenary system, train control, communications and other systems. The division’s Traction Power Group, which is headquartered in North Carolina, will be responsible for providing 11 traction power substations.

Construction is due to start in July 2014 and should be completed in December 2016.

Balfour Beatty executive chairman Steve Marshall said: “BBII has a strong track record of working with our customers on multiple projects.

“The City of Charlotte Transit system is one such example. We initially won work on the Streetcar Starter project which is due to complete at the end of 2014 and now through these two contracts we have won rail work that requires both our civils and rail expertise.”

Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton resigned this month amid a series of announcements from the firm.

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