Balfour Beatty to build £12.5m Crossrail train factory


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Balfour Beatty has been awarded a £12.5m contract to build a purpose-built production, testing and office facility for Crossrail trains in Derby, on behalf of client Bombardier. The new facility will enable Bombardier to manufacture the next generation of rolling stock with safer and enhanced performance.


Bombardier has a contract to build 65 Crossrail trains, sustaining 760 jobs and 80 apprenticeships in the Derby area. Bombardier also provides maintenance for many of these trains which supports further jobs in and around London.


The facility will measure 250m x 40m; large enough to house four 10-carriage trains, and also two storey annex for office space.


Balfour Beatty will also be responsible for power upgrade works to enable the site’s overhead lines.


The build will involve constructing four multi-functional train lines connected to existing track facilities. Each line will have full length overhead lines and inspection pits accessible from both ends.


Balfour Beatty’s Managing Director for the north west, Peter Commins, said: “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.”


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