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Texas turns to the UK for help with road and rail project


A SENIOR TEXAS transport offi cial met with British private fi nance experts last week, as he sought to build on the growing momentum behind the state's long-term, congestion-busting plan.

Texas Department of Transportation director Phillip Russell visited Balfour Beatty, Road Management Group and the Highways Agency.

The state is seeking investors and contractors with private fi nce expertise to help it with a massive road and rail building plan.

It is receiving technical advice from consultant Halcrow, which has also advised the Highways Agency on DBFO roads.

Between now and 2025, the population of Texas is expected to rise from 21M to 36M.

With this in mind, the state's turnpike authority has recently signed a joint venture between Cintra of Spain and local contractor Zachry to design, develop, construct, finance, acquire, operate and maintain transport projects.

The projects are for a key transport corridor between the Mexican border and the north Texas border with Oklahoma.

Both short and medium term plans are expected to include toll roads capable of generating US$1.2bn (£647M) of revenue between 2006 and 2014.

Long-term plans are expected to include long-distance rail routes.

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