Balfour Beatty Rail Projects was yesterday awarded a £13M contract to redouble a 13km single line section of railway between Gretna and Annan in Dumfriesshire, Scotland.
Balfour Beatty Rail Projects interim managing director, Keith Hampson, said: 'As the works will mainly be carried out during short weekend possessions, we are required to provide a high output solution. To achieve the required production we will utilise a New Track Construction machine and our proven project management skills to successfully deliver the project for Network Rail.'Balfour Beatty Rail Projects is responsible for the construction of the permanent way and the replacement of four bridge decks, plus the design and construction of the signalling and telecommunications, the earthworks and a new station platform at Gretna.Scheduled for completion in summer 2008, the scheme will remove the worst bottleneck on the Glasgow & South Western line. It will also provide increased capacity for freight movements of coal from Scotland to English power stations as well as enabling better timetabling and performance of passenger services.