Press Release

Balfour Beatty partners with Transport for London to upgrade vital underground network with new c. £220 million contract

14 February 2019


Balfour Beatty today announces that it has been appointed by Transport for London to deliver the new London Underground track renewals contract, valued at up to £220 million over four years. 

The track renewals contract will ensure the continued reliability of the 1,047 kilometre London Underground network; investing in critical assets and the delivery of strategic enhancements such as renewing 13 kilometres of ballasted track and associated drainage, signalling, traction power and rail conductor works. 

Balfour Beatty was first appointed to deliver track renewals on behalf of Transport for London in 2010, with the contract further extended in 2016 for an additional two years.  

Balfour Beatty’s detailed knowledge and experience of London Underground’s infrastructure and systems, as well as its commitment to championing innovation was instrumental in securing the contract.

Throughout the programme of works, Balfour Beatty will introduce new measures and technologies such as remote surveying systems and viewing software to generate significant efficiencies while continuing to safely deliver the highest standard of work and reducing any potential disruption to the travelling public.

Mark Bullock, Balfour Beatty’s Chief Executive Officer for its Rail and Utilities business, said: “This award is testament to our continued focus on driving innovative solutions that deliver sustainable, safer rail infrastructure at reduced cost.

“Utilising our deep knowledge and unrivalled expertise of the rail infrastructure market, we will continue to upgrade this renowned underground network and keep London moving.”

Caroline Sheridan, London Underground’s Director for Renewals & Enhancements, said: “Track maintenance and renewal is an essential part of keeping London moving. This contract will help us to continue to provide better, more reliable journeys for our customers, while continuing to drive staff safety.”

Works are due to commence in April 2019 with an option to extend the contract for a further six years in 2023. At peak, the project will employ a workforce of 300, including a number of apprenticeship and graduate opportunities.


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty ( is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty is one of the UK’s leading rail infrastructure suppliers. From feasibility studies, planning and design through to implementation and asset management, we provide multi-disciplinary rail infrastructure services across the lifecycle of rail assets. Our expertise covers electrification, track, power, civils, specialist rail plant, railway systems and technologies.
  • Balfour Beatty also provides a comprehensive range of on-track machines for track geometry improvements and general track works. Our fleet of modern ‘Tampers’ consist of plain line machines and switches & crossing units. Along with our expert operators and support staff these machines ensure outstanding track quality for our customers.
  • Significant projects in Balfour Beatty’s current portfolio include the five year ‘Reactive Building and Civils’ contract which will see Balfour Beatty deliver a range of works including track, building and general infrastructure repairs on behalf of Network Rail, the seven year contract worth in excess of £115 million for the supply, operation and maintenance of Balfour Beatty’s fleet of 13 track maintenance vehicles and the £40 million operations and maintenance of Network Rail’s fleet of track maintenance machines, known as ‘Stoneblowers’.

Vivienne Dunn

Senior Media & PR Manager