RSRG acquires Balfour Beatty track division

Balfour Beatty Track Solutions Following an agreement with Balfour Beatty, Rhomberg Sersa Rail Group (RSRG) will purchase Balfour Beatty Track Solutions division which will be rebranded as Rhomberg Sersa North America (RSNA).

Through this acquisition, RSNA will be the largest owner operator of ballast cleaning services in North America.

“As one of the technology leaders in the global rail business, we aim to support our customers everywhere in the world with an innovative, high-quality portfolio. The competencies and machinery of the Track Solution team will clearly help us in this endeavor. We welcome the team of Steve Atherton and we are looking forward developing the U.S. business by creating synergies within RSRG,” Thomas Bachhofner, CEO of RSRG said.

With a fleet of 8 ballast cleaners including the 3 newest and most highly productive Plasser RM80 undercutters in North America, and supported by over 30 experienced and qualified technicians, RSNA will continue to provide the lowest cost per foot cut to clients with the best machine reliability. The recent addition of 10 Plasser MFS Wagons and 2 specialized Power Wagons further expands the ability of RSNA to provide end to end solutions for ballast renewal projects.

After the sale, Balfour Beatty “will continue its focus on its core rail business in capital programs and traction power,” Leon Blondin, CEO of Balfour Beatty U.S. said.

RSNA will take over the existing contracts with both public and private companies as well as grow the business across the USA. The existing client base of the division include NJ Transit, MTA, BNSF and Amtrak. The division scans and reports on the status of more than 30,000 miles of track annually.

Balfour Beatty Track Solutions provides services including new track construction, track renewal, track maintenance and optimisation of existing track alignment.

The purchase of the division increases the geographic footprint of RSRG which already operates on three continents and in 7 other countries, including Canada. It also makes RSRG one of the few European rail contractors to have a significant and permanent presence in the U.S. RSNA will enable the business to effectively take the next step to evolve and expand core capabilities and services offered across the entire North American rail industry.


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