Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced that it was awarded a contract by Network Rail to support its proposed new rail link from the west of England to London Heathrow airport.
Under the terms of the contract, Jacobs will produce a design for Network Rail’s Development Consent Order, which is expected to be submitted in early 2016. Jacobs’ scope of work includes topographical surveys and geotechnical investigations, tunneling design for the new 5 km route, and railway systems designs for track and overhead line equipment.
The proposed Western Rail Access to Heathrow includes a new direct, double track link between the Great Western main line at Langley in Berkshire into Terminal 5 at Heathrow airport. The link is expected to provide greater connectivity from south Wales, the west of England and the Thames Valley; making journeys faster, reducing congestion on other routes, and providing significant economic benefits for businesses in the region. The project also aims to reduce CO2 emissions by the equivalent of a million road passenger trips to and from Heathrow.