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Balfour Beatty's Parsons Brinckerhoff wins three US rail jobs

Balfour Beatty today announced that Parsons Brinckerhoff has won three US contracts to manage high speed rail projects in Illinois, Ohio and Florida.

Balfour Beatty acquired professional services group Parsons Brinckerhoff for £380 million in September last year.

The Illinois Department of Transportation selected Parsons Brinckerhoff as programme manager for the 284-mile high speed rail route from Chicago to St Louis.

Around $1.1 billion (£730 million) of federal high-speed rail funding has been targeted for this project.

In Ohio, the department of transport has selected a Parsons Brinckerhoff -led team to provide consultant services for the development of a new intercity passenger rail service on an existing rail freight corridor in the Cleveland-Columbus-Dayton-Cincinnati corridor, a distance of approximately 250 miles.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler said: “We are delighted to have won these contracts.

“Building on Parsons Brinckerhoff’s several decades of planning and analysis of high-speed rail in the US, and extensive experience of the design and management of high-speed rail projects in Asia, we are now a key player in implementing these important rail projects in the US.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff will carry out environmental work for various components and design for the track and capacity improvements. The project has been awarded funding of $400 million (£266 million) by the Federal Railroad Administration.

In Florida, Parsons Brinckerhoff will lead the consulting team selected by the Florida Department of Transportation to undertake the planning and design of a 230-mile high-speed rail line between Orlando and Miami.

The project involves preliminary engineering and environmental analysis, which includes recommending the final alignment and train technology to be used.

The latest wins mean PB is now managing projects accounting for a combined $4 billion (£2.66 billion) of the $8 billion (£5.3 billion) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act high-speed and intercity passenger rail grants awarded by the Federal Government in 2010.