Balfour Beatty to Upgrade London Underground’s Piccadilly Line

Transport for London (TfL) has awarded a 43 million GBP contract to Balfour Beatty to upgrade the London Underground’s Piccadilly line.

Under this contract, Balfour Beatty will carry out essential upgrade works on the Piccadilly line to support an increase in traction power required for the next generation of Piccadilly line trains.

This work will also help deliver increased capacity along the route to improve the overall passenger experience.

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Specifically, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the design, supply and installation of new assets at Hatton Cross and Hounslow substations. This will include transformer rectifiers, high-voltage and low-voltage switchboards, direct current switchboards, auxiliary transformers and associated cable routes.

Mick Rayner, Managing Director of Balfour Beatty’s Rail business, said:

“This latest contract award is testament to our long-standing relationship with Transport for London, having worked collaboratively with them for the last 20 years.

“We look forward to further supporting the upgrade and enhancement of the Piccadilly line helping to provide a smooth and reliable service for the travelling public across the city.”

Works for this project are scheduled to commence at the end of 2023, with completion expected in 2026.

This contract is the second award made to Balfour Beatty under the London Underground High Voltage (HV) Power framework, the first of which was awarded last year.

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