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Balfour Beatty successfully electrifies rail lines between Bristol and Cardiff

Last week, Balfour Beatty, working on behalf of Network Rail, successfully completed the electrification of 77 kilometres of the Great Western Railway (GWR) line between Bristol and Cardiff; a significant contribution to Network Rail's overall Greater West Electrification Programme to electrify 275 kilometres of train line between Cardiff and London.

In order to deliver the works on time, over 750 Balfour Beatty operatives undertook complex works over the Christmas period, completing the final installation of the overhead cables at Cardiff Central Station, marking the completion of over 4,200 masts and booms, responsible for holding the 643 kilometres of electric cabling associated with the 77 kilometres section of route.spliter This milestone was marked with the first electrified train running out of Cardiff Central Station on January 6, 2020.

Image: First electric train from Cardiff to London



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