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Owen Williams signs £6M deal

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OWEN WILLIAMS has won the £6M contract to design track renewal and realignment on the West Coast Main Line for contractor Jarvis over the next five years.

Working within the Railtrack-Jarvis 'joint production team' alliance, Owen Williams will design high speed track improvements between Euston, Carlisle and Glasgow, preparing them for Virgin's proposed high speed tilting trains. The work will include designing at some 1,700 structures on route.

Rail director Grif Renshaw plans to design the new track using modern polar co-ordinate techniques to fix the rack. 'If you are running tilting trains the track alignment has to be correct. This system guarantees it is in the correct place,' he said.

The deal boosts the firm's 200-strong Birmingham office which was formed after it bought up British Rail's DCU design consultancy.

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