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Balfour/Atkins win £28m rail contract

Thursday July 28th, 2011

According to report, Atkins and Balfour Beatty have clinched the contract to build a new 1.4km rail link north of Nuneaton station.

Construction Enquirer is reporting that work on the 1.4km Nuneaton North Chord, which forms part of Network Rail’s freight upgrade programme, will begin straightway to complete in a year’s time.

The £28.3m scheme has been co-financed by Network Rail, the Department for Transport and the European Union’s TEN-T programme.

Tim Cook, senior sponsor at Network Rail, said: “Britain relies on rail freight and this scheme is crucial because Nuneaton North Chord is a key part of our plans to improve freight capacity of the railway – one of the greenest methods of transporting goods.

“Rail currently transports over 100m tonnes of goods across the country every year. This is worth around £30bn per year and directly contributes £870m to the nation’s economy annually. As Britain’s imports increase we need to look at ways in which we can transport more goods around the country without putting additional pressure on roads.”

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