Jacobs Awarded Contract for Network Rail Link to Heathrow Airport

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UK: Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. has been awarded a contract by Network Rail to continue its support for improving rail links from the Great Western main line to Heathrow Airport.

The proposed rail link enables passengers throughout west England and beyond to travel directly to Heathrow Airport from Reading and Slough without having to change at London Paddington. It is expected to ease congestion on roads, lower carbon dioxide emissions by the equivalent of 30 million passenger road miles per year and provide an economic boost for businesses in the region.

Jacobs’ contribution to the project is expected to be executed from its offices in the UK over the next 27 months.

Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs is supporting Network Rail’s development consent order (DCO) submission. The initial project work is focused on defining a preferred option to take through consultation. Once a recommendation is agreed upon, Jacobs’ role is to lead the multi-disciplinary engineering and environmental design component to an approval-in-principle level of design for the new 3.1 mile tunnelled route. This includes completing the environmental impact assessment to produce the scheme’s environmental statement, which critically informs the engineering design, construction strategy and environmental mitigation program to minimize impact on local residents and the environment during both construction and operation phases.

Jacobs Senior Vice President Buildings and Infrastructure Bob Duff stated, “We started supporting Network Rail on its feasibility plans for this essential rail link in October 2011. Being able to continue our collaboration in an effort to help Network Rail realise the extensive social, economic and environmental goals of this important project is exciting. We are leveraging our experience with the DCO process to support the delivery of sustainable design and compelling application."

Jacobs was also recently appointed as the client-side technical advisors to the Western Australia Public Transport Authority for the Forrestfield Airport Rail Link in Perth, Australia.