North Metro Rail

Balfour Beatty has secured a £209m joint venture (JV) contract with Graham Contracting for the Regional Transportation District (RTD) in Denver, US, for the first phase of design and construction on the North Metro Rail Line project.

The latest contract is the third in a series of electrified commuter rail lines that the JV, Regional Rail Partners, is constructing across the region as part of RTD’s FasTracks programme.

First two of these projects are under construction as part of the Eagle P3 project, a public-private commuter rail project, where Balfour is also responsible for the delivery of the project.

As part of the initial phase of the new contract, Regional Rail Partners will design and construct the new 13-mile commuter rail line that will stretch from Denver Union Station to 124th Avenue, and will serve Denver, Commerce City, Thornton, Northglenn and Adams County.

Design work on the project will begin immediately, with the first groundbreaking slated for spring of 2014.

Balfour Beatty CEO Andrew McNaughton said: "This project builds on our growing experience in rail development around the world."

The first phase of the North Metro Rail Line will open in 2018.

Once completed, the entire line will span 18.5 miles between Union Station and 162nd Avenue/Colorado Highway 7.

RTD’s FasTracks transit expansion programme comprises building of six new rail lines, a bus rapid transit line, and redeveloping Denver Union Station.


Image: Once complete, the North Metro Rail Line will span 18.5 miles between Union Station and 162nd Avenue/Colorado Highway 7. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty plc.