Vinci Construction Terrassement has been awarded the contract for the construction of a new high speed rail line linking Stuttgart to Ulm in Germany.
The government-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn awarded the €55M (£48.3M) contract, which includes the building of new railway between Stuttgart Airport and the city of Wendlingen, as well as 5.4km of earthworks and drainage, 7.5km of siding and 8,500m² of noise barriers.
The work will take two years to build and employ around 100 people.
As one of the biggest worksites currently underway in Germany, Stuttgart 21, the contract is part of a wider scheme designed to relieve traffic congestion and upgrade the railway junction in Stuttgart, by turning the city’s existing infrastructure into an underground pass-through train station.
Broader, long-term implication for the project is to include it as part of the Magistrale for Europe plans to build a high-speed rail link between Paris and Budapest.