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Colas Rail awarded rail grinding contract by Network Rail - published on 29/01/2019

Colas Rail’s has been awarded a 3-year rail grinding contract by Network Rail across Britain from February 2019 for a minimum of 3 years.

Colas Rail will operate and maintain six rail grinding machines and deliver almost 1,400 operational shifts a year, in a 24/7 operation. Plain line rail grinders are required by Network Rail to carry out corrective and preventative rail grinding works throughout Britain.

Colas Rail facilitated the introduction of three brand new Loram C44 plain line rail grinders, the largest of which is C44-03, a 64 stone machine that is almost 150m long. This came into service in 2017. Colas Rail also expanded its maintenance depot in Rugby to accommodate the longer machine.
Jean-Pierre Bertrand, Chief Executive Officer – UK said. “This is a great achievement for the Rail Services division. The award of this contract is a reflection of Colas Rail’s team performance, who will continue to deliver safely, on time and as per the required quality. With safety and performance as our key driver, we remain, more than ever, committed to fulfilling our promise to Network Rail.”

About Colas Rail (
Colas Rail, the railway subsidiary of the Colas Group, participates in the design, financing, and project management of the major transport infrastructures (trackworks, overhead lines, signalling, ventilation, smoke extraction, command-control, freight, etc.) in France and on international markets through its projects and specialised businesses.
Colas Rail, which has a workforce of 5,800, boasts 11 different business areas and represents 24 subsidiaries and offices worldwide. The company posted turnover of €948 million in 2017.

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New contract in Chile: supply and replacement of points and crossings on the Chilean railway network - published on 24/01/2019

The joint venture made up of ETF (lead company), a subsidiary of Eurovia, and Colas Rail, a subsidiary of Colas, has won a first contract awarded by the state owned EFE company, which operates the Chilean national railway network.

This contract, with a total value of €45 million, covers the supply and replacement of 150 points and crossings and the supply without installation of 60 additional points and crossings.

The work will be carried out in 2019 and 2020 on the regional network around Santiago de Chile and the metro system in the city of Valparaiso, without interrupting commercial operations.

With five contracts already under way for the Santiago metro, the ETF and Colas Rail joint venture and their Chilean joint subsidiary OFC are stepping up their operations in the Chilean railway market and positioning themselves as key players in the run-up to the major railway projects announced by the local authorities.

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About Eurovia
Eurovia is a VINCI Group subsidiary and a global leader in transport infrastructure and urban development. It builds and maintains roads, motorways, railways, airports and tramways, and develops industrial, commercial and urban facilities. It also delivers all the related services, including demolition, deconstruction, drainage, earthworks, utility networks, signage, bridges, tunnels and noise barriers. Eurovia’s network of industrial plants producing aggregates and other supplies for road and rail construction spans the entire supply chain. The company operates in 15 countries, employs 39,500 people and generated €8.1 billion in revenue in 2017.

About Colas
Colas, a subsidiary of the Bouygues Group, is a world leader aiming to promote transport infrastructure solutions for sustainable mobility. With 55,000 employees in more than 50 countries on five continents, the Group performs some 80,000 road construction and maintenance projects each year via 800 construction business units and 2,000 material production units. In 2017, consolidated revenue at Colas totalled €11.7 billion (48% outside of France). Net profit attributable to the Group amounted to €328 million.

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