T&T wins five-year contract on Toronto rail electrification scheme

UK project manager Turner & Townsend has been selected to support a five-year modernisation programme for one of Canada’s major rail networks.

The Metrolinx Regional Express Rail scheme will involve the electrification of the rapid transit system for the greater Toronto and Hamilton area in the province of Ontario. The upgrade will increase capacity and reduce travel times for passengers.

T&T was selected for the work by CH2M, the US consulting engineer. Under the terms of the deal it will carry out cost estimation, risk and claims management support.

In the past the company has worked on other Metrolinx projects, including a rail service between Pearson airport and downtown Toronto known as the Union Pearson Express.

Dominic Leadsom, a director of T&T, said: "We are delighted to be working once again with CH2M, bringing our global expertise from delivering some of the most challenging major transit and rail programmes in the world, including Europe’s largest construction project – Crossrail in the UK.

"By defining and implementing controls, processes and procedures through the PMO, we will work closely with CH2M and Metrolinx to deliver the successful roll out of this network-wide programme."

Doug Willoughby, CH2M’s transportation business manager for Canada, added: "Our team at CH2M has fostered strong relationships throughout the Metrolinx organisation and we are pleased to have T&T again as part of our team."

Photo: A Metrolinx train at Toronto’s Union Station (Christopher Steffan Charabaruk/Wikimedia Commons)

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