Global infrastructure firm AECOM has received a framework contract for technical support during the design and construction phases of the Lyon to Turin high-speed rail line.

Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin (TELT) manages the rail line. TELT has selected AECOM as the delivery partner for the design, procurement and construction of the civil works, rail systems and the environmental protection measures.

The rail line is part of the Mediterranean corridor of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) network. It will connect the rail networks of France and Italy, as well as offering faster transit and improved safety for passengers travelling between the two countries.

A key feature of the project will be a 57.5km twin-bored base tunnel that will be the longest railway tunnel ever built. It is also expected to improve the environment of the Alps by transferring one million lorries from the road to the rail.

AECOM Southern Europe Hub MD Javier Muñiz said: “Our appointment on this iconic project demonstrates the high regard in which AECOM is held within the global tunnel and railway engineering sector, and it is an example of a successful long-term collaboration between Southern Hub countries – Spain, France and Italy, and the global support of the AECOM experts.

“Furthermore, after decades of experience undertaking innovative civil infrastructure projects in numerous countries and continents, AECOM is leading a new wave of safe and efficient high-speed railway networks that promote habitable communities, reduce road congestion and consider the impact to global climate change.”

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Last year, AECOM won a contract from the China Communications Construction Company to provide site supervision services for the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) project in Malaysia. The contract covers the project’s stations, viaducts, tunnels and depots.