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High Speed Railway

Voestalpine Turnout Technology UK Ltd secured the almost EUR 236.56 million (GBP 210 million ) contract to deliver track switches and crossings for Phase One and 2a of the UK’s new high speed railway. The contract includes the design, manufacture and delivery of around 180 switches and crossings which will be installed between London and the connection with the west coast mainline at Crewe. 

The contract also includes around 77 rail expansion devices for track on viaducts and bridges – and around 70 lower-speed switches and crossings for the depots at Washwood Heath and Calvert.  

In order to reduce long term costs and improve performance, the rail and the switches and crossings will be predominantly set onto concrete slabs instead of the ballast commonly used on the UK rail network. This approach – known as slab track – is commonly used on metro systems and some international high-speed rail lines, and will allow for a higher frequency of service and less maintenance. Visit www.hs2.org.uk and https://www.voestalpine.com. 11/23.