A joint venture between Hochtief and Strabag subsidiary Ed ZÃ¼blin has won a $418m contract for the Rastatt Tunnel in Germany.Â
The two firms were awarded the contract by DB Netz, a subsidiary of railway operator Deutsche Bahn, which owns and operates a majority of the German railway system.Â
The project will include the construction of a 3.8km twin-tube rail tunnel that passes directly under the city area of Rastatt, a city on the middle Rhine.Â
The contract also includes the trough sections to the south and north as well as a supply shaft and an operational building.Â Wilfried Rammler, general manager of Hochtief Infrastructure, said: "We are very pleased that, with this project, we will be building an important part of Deutsche Bahn AG’s main north-south railway route. Our experts with their expertise in tunnel boring machines are thus once again involved in the upgrading of modern, sustainable transportation infrastructure in Germany."Â
The tunnel project is part of section 1.2 of the new railway route between Karlsruhe and Basle.Â Work will start on the project in November this year and conclude in mid-2018.