Alstom to lead £120 million joint venture

Alstom is to lead a joint venture contracted to build a new section of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link between Ebbsfleet and St Pancras.

An integrated joint venture led by Alstom, with Carillion and Travaux du Sud-Ouest, has been chosen as the contractor for the track and overhead catenary system for section 2 of the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the UK.

Section 2 of this link, between Ebbsfleet and St Pancras, covers 40 kilometres. The total value of the contract is around £120 million (190 million euros).

The Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), managed by Union Railways North, is a new high speed link opening in 2007 which will reportedly halve journey times from central London to the Channel Tunnel.

According to Alstom, Paris will be 2 hours 20 minutes and Brussels just 2 hours from St Pancras station by non-stop Eurostar.

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