By Daniel Hunter
Balfour Beatty, the international infrastructure group, have announced it has been awarded a Crossrail contract by Network Rail for the electrification of a 12.5 mile section of the Great Western Main Line.
The contract covers the installation of new overhead line electrification equipment on all lines between Stockley Junction (near Heathrow Airport) and Maidenhead on the Crossrail West Outer section. It also includes supporting ancillary civils and power works.
This contract builds on Balfour Beatty's existing involvement in the Crossrail programme and follows the award earlier this year of the Track Infrastructure contract for the same section in the West Outer area.
Innovations being introduced by Balfour Beatty for this latest contract include new and enhanced plant solutions including Balfour Beatty's new High Output Wiring Train which offers safer, more efficient installation of overhead lines.
Balfour Beatty Chief Executive, Andrew McNaughton said:
"We are delighted to be awarded this contract and very much look forward to continuing our long-term relationship with Network Rail and continued support with the Crossrail programme.
"Our investments in specialist High Output plant solutions for these works confirm our ongoing commitment to the UK rail market and, in particular to the National Electrification Programme."
Works commence on site in December 2013 and are due for completion in late 2016.
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