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Balfour Beatty Rail takes £50m London Bridge contract

Balfour Beatty Rail has been awarded a £50m contract to work alongside Costain and Network Rail to reconstruct London Bridge Station.

Following Network Rail’s award of the £400m construction contract to Costain today, Balfour Beatty Rail has been confirmed to carry out the track remodelling work at the site.

The track re-modelling at London Bridge is needed to allow more and longer trains through the centre of the capital to boost capacity and relieve congestion on this busy route. The new, simplified track layout will also help improve reliability for other train services which pass through and into London Bridge.

Under the contract, Balfour Beatty Rail will provide detailed design, installation, testing and commissioning of the track work.

Costain and Balfour Beatty Rail will complete the selection of three delivery partners including Invensys who was awarded the £10m signalling renewal contract in July.

The three contractors will form the London Bridge Area Partnership and work with Network Rail to reconstruct the station and surrounding infrastructure.

Network Rail investment projects managing director Simon Kirby said: “The way London Bridge evolved since the mid-1800s left us with a station and a track layout which makes it increasingly difficult to provide the capacity and reliability passengers expect today.

“The Thameslink programme allows the tracks, platforms and station layout at London Bridge to be completely re-designed, boosting the number of trains that can run, unblocking the bottleneck and providing a modern and dynamic station which will make a real improvement for passengers.

“The creation of the London Bridge Area Partnership is evidence of the reforms we have made in the way we procure and plan our key projects. By engaging our partners at an early stage we can benefit from their expertise when carrying out the design and construction work so projects can be delivered with maximum efficiency and offer best value for money.”

Balfour Beatty Rail managing director Peter Anderson, said: “We are delighted to have been appointed as track systems provider to Network Rail for the Thameslink KO2 project.

“This complex and exciting rail project will transform train travel in London and across the South-east and underlines Balfour Beatty’s multi-disciplinary rail capability.”

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