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Balfour Beatty alliance wins £535m Australia rail works

Balfour Beatty has won a £535 million contract as part of a joint venture with Thiess and Sinclair Knight Merz for rail works in Melbourne, Australia.

Balfour Beatty has a 35 per cent share in the alliance in which it will combine its rail infrastructure and professional services through consulting arm Parsons Brinckeroff, which the contractor acquired in late 2009.

The contractor and Thiess and Sinclair Knight Merz will work with the Regional Rail Link Authority, Metro Trains Melbourne and V/Line to design and construct the first major new rail line for metropolitan Melbourne in 80 years.

The works, for the Footscray to Deer Park section of the Regional Rail Link project in Melbourne, will involve the construction of 7.5 kilometres of new track, rail bridges, a new station, and upgrades to the current infrastructure.

Balfour Beatty will put in place the rail systems, including signalling and track, and will act as the programme manager for the project. Major works are expected to start early next year.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Ian Tyler said: “The Melbourne rail contract win is really pleasing from a number of perspectives. Firstly, as a global player in rail technology, we are pleased to play a part in this historical development for rail in Australia - a buoyant market where we are developing a healthy market position.

“Furthermore, it is rewarding to see our strategy in action. We have harnessed our skills and capabilities in rail as well as in Parsons Brinckerhoff to gain a position as a joint-venture partner in the design and construction of a complex rail project.”

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