Wednesday, May 16, 2012

PB lands British "twin" rail systems contract

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Parsons Brinckerhoff said Wednesday it has been awarded two significant contracts covering design of both high speed and 'conventional' railway systems for Britain's second high speed rail line, linking Birmingham and London's Euston Station.

The contracts, worth $12.8 million, have been awarded by HS2 Ltd. under its Professional Services Framework.

PB said it will work closely with HS2 Ltd. to provide a "whole system" approach to optimize the overall rail systems design and provide the appropriate balance with functionality, safety, sustainability, cost, and value. PB also will a take a lead role across all designers for system-wide and operational and maintenance (O&M) issues, and will support other designers on civil engineering, construction, and environmental issues in specific geographical areas.

"We are delighted to have secured these two key contracts on the development of the UK's second high speed rail network," says Darren Reed, UK director of rail at Parsons Brinckerhoff. "HS2 provides a unique rail engineering challenge in terms of performance, environmental measures and stakeholder liaison and we are delighted to bring our international experience in major rail schemes and rail engineering to this iconic project."

Parsons Brinckerhoff will work with partners DB International GmbH, providing operational and rolling stock expertise and EC Harris LLP, providing cost planning expertise. The multidisciplinary team will operate from offices across the southeast, including London, where it will collocate with the HS2 client team.