The £78m (US $131m) contract involves building the track and systems components for the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) Lynx Blue Line extension. This is in addition to the £63m civils contract won in February for the Blue Line capacity expansion project (link opens in new tab).
The Blue Line extends Charlotte’s LYNX light rail system 9.3 miles northeast through the North Davidson and University areas, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus. BBII will be responsible for the construction of the ballasted track, traction power system, overhead catenary system, train control, communications and other systems. BBII’s Traction Power Group, which is headquartered in Goldsboro, NC, will be responsible for providing 11 traction power substations.
Construction is due to start in July and should be completed in December 2016.
Balfour Beatty executive chairman Steve Marshall said: “BBII has a strong track record of working with our customers on multiple projects. The City of Charlotte Transit system is one such example. We initially won work on the Streetcar Starter project which is due to complete at the end of 2014 and now through these two contracts we have won rail work that requires both our civils and rail expertise. This is a great example of how we can bring together our different disciplines and strengths to benefit the entire company.”