British Engineering Firm Wins Major Contract to Build New Rail Terminal at DP World’s London Gateway25/04/2012 16:54
London, UK: DP World’s London Gateway has awarded British firm Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering a multi-million pound contract to build a new rail terminal capable of handling the longest trains in the UK.
The UK based engineering firm will develop the first of three rail terminals and double track the branch line to the new deep-sea container port being built on the north bank of the River Thames, situated east of central London.
The rail terminal will be able to accommodate trains up to 34 wagons long, future proofing the new global logistics hub.
Gina Acosta, London Gateway Port/Park Interface and Rail Terminal Manager said: “We recognise that customers are looking for a reliable service that will reduce transportation costs.
“With 33% of London Gateway port’s throughput expected to go by rail, we are committed to having the right infrastructure and operational processes in place from day one. We are also future proofing rail capacity by double tracking the branch line.”
Marshall Scott, Managing Director at Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering said: “We are delighted to be working with London Gateway to build this important rail infrastructure which will help make the UK more competitive and create new options for distribution of freight.”
Andrew Bowen, London Gateway Engineering Director said: “I am pleased to have Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering working with us to develop London Gateway’s infrastructure in time for our opening next year.”
Opening in Q4 2013, London Gateway is set to become the UK’s premier logistics centre. When fully developed London Gateway port will handle 3.5 million TEU annually and the adjacent logistics park will be the largest in Europe.
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About DP World
DP World operates more than 60 terminals across six continents(1), with container handling generating around 80% of its revenue. In addition, the company currently has 11 new developments and major expansions underway in 10 countries.
DP World aims to enhance customers’ supply chain efficiency by effectively managing container, bulk and other terminal cargo. Its dedicated, experienced and professional team of more than 30,000 people serves customers in some of the most dynamic economies in the world.
The company constantly invests in terminal infrastructure, facilities and people, working closely with customers and business partners to provide quality services today and tomorrow, when and where customers need them.
In taking this customer-centric approach, DP World is building on the established relationships and superior level of service demonstrated at its flagship Jebel Ali facility in Dubai, which has been voted “Best Seaport in the Middle East” for 17 consecutive years.
In 2011, DP World handled nearly 55 million TEU (twenty-foot equivalent container units) across its portfolio from the Americas to Asia. With a pipeline of expansion and development projects in key growth markets, including India, China and the Middle East, capacity is expected to rise to around 103 million TEU by 2020, in line with market demand.
(1) As of March 2012. Includes non-container terminals.
Balfour Beatty (www.balfourbeatty.com) is a world-class infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments.
We work in partnership with our customers principally in the UK, continental Europe, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East, who value the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise.
Key infrastructure markets include transportation (roads, rail and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure and retail).
The Group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services.
Balfour Beatty employs 50,000 people around the world.