Balfour Beatty wins further rail deal

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Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £64m electrification contract in China, which along with recent wins in Sweden and Germany totals £188m of international rail contracts.

Balfour Beatty Rail secured the contract for the Xinxiang-Heze-Ranzhou-Rizhao railway for the Ministry of Railways of China.

The 616km double-track passenger-and-freight line project includes the delivery of overhead contact line and traction substations.

The contract is due for completion in the summer of 2010.

Banverket, the Swedish rail administration, awarded Balfour Beatty Rail the £82m railway-maintenance contract for 1,270km in the Västra Götaland region in three separate contracts.

The turnkey maintenance contracts are scheduled to start on 1 September 2010 and will last for five years, with two further one-year options.

The project involves the preventative and corrective maintenance of track, overhead line (OHL), signalling and telecoms, incident management and snow clearance.

In Germany, Balfour Beatty Rail and its recently-acquired track business, Schreck-Mieves, secured two contracts totalling £39m.

The works include catenary and 50HZ installations for the Coswig-Dresden Neustadt line and the same scope plus track for the Leipzig-Leutzsch-Plagwitz line.