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Hochtief/Strabag team wins €312m rail tunnel contract

11 Aug 14 A joint venture led by Hochtief and Strabag subsidiary Züblin has won a €312m (£249m) contract for a rail tunnel in Germany.

The team has been commissioned by DB Netz to deliver the shell construction of the Rastatt Tunnel, which forms part of a new route Karlsruhe in Germany and Basle in Switzerland.

The core element of the project is the twin-tube rail tunnel which passes directly under the city area of Rastatt and will be bored mechanically with a hydro shield tunnel boring machine over a length of about 3.8km. The contract also includes trough sections to the south and north as well as a supply shaft and an operational building.

"As a traditional company from the state of Baden-Württemberg, we are proud to play a major role as technical leader in another trail-blazing inner-city rail construction project," said Ed. Züblin director Edgar Schömig.

"We are very pleased that, with this project, we will be building an important part of Deutsche Bahn AG‘s main north-south railway route. Our experts with their expertise in tunnel boring machines are thus once again involved in the upgrading of modern, sustainable transportation infrastructure in Germany," says Wilfried Rammler, general manager of Hochtief Infrastructure.

Work will start on the project in November this year and conclude in mid-2018.

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