Balfour Beatty Rail awarded AUD$14 million contract for Gold Coast Rapid Transit project in Australia

Posted: 19 March 2012 | | No comments yet

Balfour Beatty Rail awarded a contract from Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd…

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Balfour Beatty Rail has been awarded a contract from Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd to design, procure, construct and commission the Overhead Catenary System on the Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project in Queensland, Australia.

The contract, which is worth approximately AUD$14 million (£9.4 million) to Balfour Beatty Rail, has been awarded through its Australian business, Balfour Beatty Australia Pty Ltd.

The scope of work covers the design, to be undertaken by Parsons Brinckerhoff – Balfour Beatty’s professional services division – procurement, construction, testing and commissioning of 13km of Overhead Caternary System for Stage 1 of the Project between Gold Coast University Hospital and Broadbeach South.

The Gold Coast Rapid Transit Project is part of an 18 year Public Private Partnership (PPP) contract between the Queensland State Government and GoldLinQ (GoldLinQ Pty Ltd, McConnell Dowell Constructors Pty Ltd, Bombardier Transportation Australia Pty Ltd and KDR Gold Coast Pty Ltd). As Operator Franchisee of Stage One the Gold Coast light system, GoldLinQ is responsible for the design, construction, operations and maintenance.

Tiziano Moroni, Balfour Beatty Rail’s International & Major Projects Director, commented: “We are delighted to contribute to the development of a modern and efficient transport system on the Gold Coast – a system which we believe will help to transform the way people use public transport in the area. This contract award adds further credibility to our reputation as a supplier of choice. It will help us establish a stronger presence in South-East Queensland while giving us the opportunity to strengthen our relationship with Bombardier.”

Detailed design started in early January 2012, while construction will begin in November 2012. The project is expected to be completed and operational by 2014.

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