Press Release

Balfour Beatty wins additional £78 million rail contract in Charlotte, North Carolina

23 May 2014


Balfour Beatty Infrastructure, Inc. (BBII) has been awarded a £78 (US $131) million contract by the City of Charlotte, North Carolina to build the track and systems components for the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) LYNX Blue Line Extension. This is in addition to the £63 (US $106) million civils contract won in February for the Blue Line Capacity Expansion Project.

The Blue Line extends Charlotte’s LYNX light rail system 9.3 miles northeast through the North Davidson and University areas, terminating on the UNC Charlotte campus. BBII will be responsible for the construction of the ballasted track, traction power system, overhead catenary system, train control, communications and other systems. BBII’s Traction Power Group, which is headquartered in Goldsboro, NC, will be responsible for providing 11 traction power substations.

Construction is due to start in July 2014 and should be completed in December 2016.

Steve Marshall, Executive Chairman, Balfour Beatty said “BBII has a strong track record of working with our customers on multiple projects. The City of Charlotte Transit system is one such example. We initially won work on the Streetcar Starter project which is due to complete at the end of 2014 and now through these two contracts we have won rail work that requires both our civils and rail expertise. This is a great example of how we can bring together our different disciplines and strengths to benefit the entire company.”

Analyst/investor enquiries:
Anoop Kang
Balfour Beatty plc
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Notes to editors:
1. Balfour Beatty ( is an international infrastructure group that delivers world class services essential to the development, creation and care of infrastructure assets; from finance and development, through design and project management to construction and maintenance. 

Our businesses draw on more than 100 years of experience to deliver the highest levels of quality, safety and technical expertise to our clients principally in the UK and the USA, with developing businesses in Australia, Canada, the Middle East, South Africa and South East Asia.

With proven expertise in delivering infrastructure critical to support communities and society today and in the future, our key market sectors focus on infrastructure - transportation (roads, rail and aviation), power and energy, water, and complex buildings (both commercial and social). 

Balfour Beatty employs 40,000 people around the world.

2. As part of the Capacity Expansion Project, BBII will aid in the City’s effort to upgrade the capacity of Blue Line to meet current and future ridership demand by adding longer, more frequent trains. BBII will be responsible for lengthening existing light rail station platforms and adding additional power supply stations to accommodate the improved service.

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