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Massive civils win boosts Balfour Beatty's plans for increased American expansion


BALFOUR Beatty has admitted that it will use a bumper haul of road and rail wins in the US to push for more expansion across the Atlantic.

A company spokesman confirmed it was on the lookout for more acquisitions in the country where it already employs 3,000 people and has a turnover of $700 million.

This week the firm said it had won $480 million worth of work in the US, including a $48 million deal with the US Department of Transportation to build 2 km of rail track in Prince George's County, Maryland, which the firm hailed as a coup in its attempt to crack the central US market.

It has previously been strong in Texas and on the West Coast where, in addition to the Maryland scheme, it also picked up work in Seattle, Los Angeles, San Diego and Collin County, Texas.