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Balfour Beatty wins contract for rail terminal holding longest trains in UK

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering has won a “a multi-million pound” contract to build a new rail terminal capable of handling the longest trains in the UK, for DP World’s London Gateway.

The firm will develop the first of three rail terminals and double track the branch line to the new deep-sea container port being built on the north bank of the River Thames, situated east of central London.

The rail terminal will be able to accommodate trains up to 34 carriages long.

Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering managing director Marshall Scott said: “We are delighted to be working with London Gateway to build this important rail infrastructure which will help make the UK more competitive and create new options for distribution of freight.”

London Gateway engineering director Andrew Bowen said: “I am pleased to have Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering working with us to develop London Gateway’s infrastructure in time for our opening next year.”

Gina Acosta, London Gateway Port/Park Interface and Rail Terminal Manager said: “We recognise that customers are looking for a reliable service that will reduce transportation costs.

“With 33 per cent of London Gateway port’s throughput expected to go by rail, we are committed to having the right infrastructure and operational processes in place from day one.  We are also future proofing rail capacity by double tracking the branch line.”

Due to open in the last quarter of 2013, London Gateway is set to become the UK’s premier logistics centre, according to DP World. A spokesman would not confirm the precise value of the contract.

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