Jacobs Engineering has won the Network Rail contract to develop the Great Western main line link to Heathrow Airport.
It will help create a 3.1 mile tunnelled route, meaning passengers from the West Country will be able to change at Reading or Slough for the airport, rather than having to go into London Paddington. The financial terms of the contract have been kept confidential.
The work entails Jacobs working with Network Rail on its development consent order (DCO) submission and is expected to take around 27 months. The two companies will develop the project to the consultation stage, after which Jacobs will lead the engineering and environmental design component with the aim of getting an in-principle approval. This includes completing the environmental impact assessment to produce the scheme’s environmental statement, which will steer the engineering design, construction strategy and environmental mitigation programme.
Jacobs senior vice president for buildings and infrastructure Bob Duff said: “We started supporting Network Rail on its feasibility plans for this essential rail link in October 2011. Being able to continue our collaboration in an effort to help Network Rail realize the extensive social, economic and environmental goals of this important project is exciting. We are leveraging our experience with the DCO process to support the delivery of sustainable design and compelling application.”
Other Network Rail projects Jacobs has worked on include Blackfriars Station and the Thameslink Programme.
In April it was announced that Jacobs and Ingérop-Rendel have been appointed as design partners for the Align High Speed 2 joint venture.