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CH2M HILL’s transportation team secures rail modernisation project in Poland

CH2M HILL has been awarded a contract to carry out the feasibility study and design for the electrification of the 278 railway line from Wegliniec to Gorlitz in Poland.
The appointment of CH2M HILL by the largest rail infrastructure operator in Poland, PKP PLK, follows a rigorous tender selection criteria which saw CH2M HILL’s experience in carrying out feasibility studies and electrification design engineering place itself above competitors bidding on the programme.
The project, which has an estimated contract value of 313,600 GBP (1,568,000 PLN), will require track modernisation for approximately 30km of the E30 line – running from Wegliniec to Gorlitz at the country border with Germany. The scheduled date for completion of the contract is the end of November 2015.
CH2M HILL’s role on the project will include analysis of socio-economic factors, traffic, railway infrastructure, rolling stock, network power systems, as well as environmental impact assessments. In addition to this the transportation team will also provide construction design and cost estimates for the operation and maintenance of power lines, substations and overhead line equipment (OLE).
Commenting on the contract win, James Rowntree, CH2M HILL’s Managing Director for Transportation in Europe, said: “CH2M HILL’s operations in Poland have grown rapidly in the last few years, with transportation projects being a huge driver for this expansion. Employing over 300 people in the country, Poland has become one of the company’s most significant growth areas. It is through projects like this that we are developing our portfolio and showing our strength in this sector.”
Jacek Panczyk, Project Manager at CH2M HILL said: “I’m delighted to see CH2M HILL play such an important role on this project; adding real value to the development of Poland’s national infrastructure. We have extensive experience carrying out transport planning, electricity design and environmental impact assessments and look forward to working with PKP PLP to help deliver this strategic upgrade programme.”