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Balfour Beatty wins £524M US rail contract

Caltrain  Source Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty has won a contract to electrify the Caltrain corridor between San Francisco and San Jose.

The $697M (£524M) contract covers electrification along the 84km Caltrain rail corridor, and lays the foundations for future high speed train operations on the route.

Caltrain operates through 17 US cities across San Mateo, Santa Clara and San Francisco counties in south west California. 

“Our extensive experience in managing complex rail projects leaves us well qualified to deliver this significant scheme. Caltrain builds on the back of the recent successful delivery of our part in the multi-billion dollar Eagle P3 Commuter Rail network in Denver, Colorado,” said Balfour Beatty group chief executive Leo Quinn.

“We are pleased our unique capability has been recognised with this award which contributes to our strategy to increase our design-build rail market share across the US.”

Balfour Beatty will construct a 25KV overhead catenary system to provide power to the new high speed trains. The company will also construct two traction power substations, a switching station and seven parallel substations. Signal systems along the line will also be replaced.

The work is expected to be completed in spring 2020, with 300 workers – including 50 apprentices – employed on the project. 

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