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Parsons Brinckerhoff and Network Rail to deliver the first US high-speed rail system

Parsons Brinckerhoff is to lead a partnership with Network Rail Consulting for California’s US$700M (£453M) high-speed rail programme.

The line will run from San Francisco to the Los Angeles basin in under three hours by 2029.

The California High-Speed Rail Authority has given the rail delivery partner contract to a team led by Parsons Brinckerhoff. It includes Network Rail’s international consulting arm Network Rail Consulting, and management consultants LeighFisher.

The Authority’s chief executive Jeff Morales said: “Today’s action reflects a new area of emphasis for us as we move forward with construction and focus towards planning and implementation of operations.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff beat Bechtel to the contract, which runs to 2022. The companies were evaluated on their engineering and construction abilities, including seismic tunnelling and high-speed systems. A total of 40 firms made up the Parsons Brinckerhoff contract bid.

The rail system will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 1,280km with up to 24 stations.

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  • How ironic that Network Rail should be chosen to contribute to an American high speed route when it has had no previous involvement with any high speed route that has actually been built.

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