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Bechtel appoints MD for rail business

The company overseeing the construction of the 21-kilometre tunnel underpinning Crossrail has appointed a new managing director for its rail division.

Amjad Bangash will be responsible for expanding Bechtel’s global rail and transit business. He has been working for the engineering, procurement and construction firm for twenty years and was recently its project director at the Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone Abu Dhabi Project in the United Arab Emirates. 

Mr Bangash joined Bechtel in 1992 as a senior engineer at the San Francisco head office and soon after moved to project assignments in construction and engineering in the United States, Nigeria, Thailand, and Guyana.

In 1995, he moved to an engineering management assignment, leading the design and some of the build contracts on the on the Kowloon-Canton RC West Rail Project in Hong Kong.

This led to construction and project management positions at the Bechtel led design-build Airport MAX Light Rail Project in Portland, Oregon.

He then took senior management roles at Bechtel, working for Tube Lines, in charge of the permanent way renewals and station modernisation program for the major upgrade of the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines.

He said: “This is an exciting time for Bechtel’s rail business as the demand for sustainable transport becomes increasingly important across all continents.  I am delighted to have the opportunity to further develop Bechtel’s rail business and to deliver more exciting and challenging projects across the world.”

President of Bechtel’s civil infrastructure business Mike Adams said:“Amjad’s experience, particularly working in the Middle East, UK and USA rail sectors, will help us to deliver more rail projects globally and strengthen Bechtel’s position as the contractor of choice.”

Bechtel has completed major projects such as the Jubilee Line Extension on the London Underground, West Coast Mainline Route Modernization and High Speed 1 (formerly known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link).  Bechtel is Crossrail’s delivery partner. The construction work includes the tunnel connecting commuter areas east and west of London, as well as six new train stations.

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