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Balfour Beatty extends Californian rail contract

9 May 13 California High-Speed Rail Authority has awarded a two-year £78m contract extension to Balfour Beatty’s professional services division, Parsons Brinckerhoff.

The work is for programme management services on the California high-speed rail project.

The scheme is one of the largest, most ambitious public transportation programmes in US history and will allow passengers to travel from Los Angeles to San Francisco in under three hours, compared to almost six car. The first phase of the planned 800-mile network will run from Los Angeles to the San Francisco Bay Area through California’s Central Valley, with subsequent phases connecting to San Diego and Sacramento.

“The California High-Speed Rail System will transform the way Californians travel while alleviating freeway and airport congestion, reducing carbon emissions, and enhancing the state’s economic competitiveness,” said Andrew McNaughton, Balfour Beatty chief executive. “With funding now in place, construction of the initial segment in the Central Valley is on target to proceed this summer.”

Parsons Brinckerhoff has served as the project’s programme manager since 2006 and is assisting the California High Speed Rail Authority with all aspects of the programme.

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