French construction giant Vinci has been awarded a €55m contract by state-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn to build a high-speed connection between the cities of Stuttgart and Ulm in southwestern Germany.
The construction of the project involves building a section of railway between Stuttgart airport and the city of Wendlingen in the state of Baden-WÃ¼rttemberg, 30km southeast of Stuttgart.
Other works on the project include 5.4 km of earthworks and drainage, 7.5 km of siding and 8,500 sq m of noise barriers.
The link is part of the "Stuttgart 21" development, an improvement of rail links in the region that was first announced in 1994. It will involve extensive work to the city’s rail infrastructure, including the controversial partial demolition of the Paul Bonatz-designed Hauptbahnhof.
Germany is Vinci’s largest market outside France. The company’s German organisation employs 14,000 staff and recorded revenue of €2.7bn in 2017.
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