Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £76.5m contract to remove a level crossing in Melbourne, Australia.
The work will involve lowering an existing rail line beneath the road to reduce congestion, improve safety and cut journey times.
A new station with transport interchange will also be constructed as part of the project, worth £76.5m.
Balfour Beatty said the contract aligns with its “strategy to develop in growth geographies and market sectors of which Australia and rail are both key elements”.
Balfour Beatty country manager for Australia Guy Templeton said: “This is the first Australian contract secured under the new country model structure and highlights the effective combination of the design skills of Parsons Brinckerhoff working together with project delivery expertise of our global rail business.
“We look forward to developing this strategy further within the Australian and New Zealand markets,” he added.
“This is an excellent demonstration of the infrastructure expertise Balfour Beatty as a whole can bring to a complex project, utilising skills gathered from across our global business”
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton
Balfour Beatty won the work as part of the NetworX alliance, which consists of Balfour Beatty Rail, Parsons Brinckerhoff, McConnell Dowell and Beca.
NetworX will work with Victoria’s Road Authority, Public Transport Victoria and Metro Trains Melbourne to design and build the project.
Balfour Beatty chief executive Andrew McNaughton said: “This is an excellent demonstration of the infrastructure expertise Balfour Beatty as a whole can bring to a complex project, utilising skills gathered from across our global business.”
Mr McNaughton took over Mike Peasland’s role as UK construction chief executive after Balfour Beatty issued a £50m profit warning for UK construction in April 2013.
Work on the level crossing is due to start in May 2013 and will be completed by the end of 2014.