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February 17, 2015

Balfour Beatty to construct Crossrail trains facility for Bombardier

Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has received a £12.5m contract from Bombardier to create a production, testing and office facility in Derby, UK, for the new Crossrail trains.

By Samseer M

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Infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has received a £12.5m contract from Bombardier to create a production, testing and office facility in Derby, UK, for the new Crossrail trains.

The new 250m-long, 40m-wide facility on Bombardier’s Litchurch Lane site will be capable of handling four ten-carriage trains.

Balfour Beatty North West managing director Peter Commins said: "Through our civils and building business, we have a wide range of experience in creating this type of facility.

"We have been working very closely with our customer to ensure we fulfil their exacting requirements whilst maintaining a value for money solution and we look forward to assisting Bombardier in achieving their vision."

Works under this project include building of four multifunctional train lines that will connect into the existing test track facilities.

"Through our civils and building business, we have a wide range of experience in creating this type of facility."

Each train line with have full-length overhead lines and inspection pits to deliver a full range of services, which will be fully accessible by rail at both ends, Balfour Beatty stated.

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In addition, it includes the construction of office space in the form of a two-storey annex. Balfour Beatty will also carry out the related power upgrade works to the site to enable the overhead electricity lines.

Construction of the facility is expected to be completed in late 2016.

In December, Bombardier launched the new £1.6m ‘Iron Bird’ integration test facility for the new fleet of Crossrail trains at Bombardier factory in Derby.

It will enable Bombardier to manufacture the next generation of rolling stock with safer, more reliable and enhanced performance.


Image: An architect’s impression of the new Bombardier’s Crossrail trains facility in Derby. Photo: courtesy of Balfour Beatty.

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