Government-owned rail company Deutsche Bahn awarded work project 1.4 to VINCI Construction Terrassement for the high-speed rail line that will connect Stuttgart, the capital of Baden-Württemberg, to Ulm, in Germany.
The €55 million contract involves building the section of railway between Stuttgart Airport and the city of Wendlingen. Works include 5.4 km of earthworks and drainage, 7.5 km of siding and 8,500 square meters of noise barriers. The section will take 24 months to build and employ 100 people.
The contract comes under one of the biggest worksites currently under way in Germany, Stuttgart 21. This railway and urban development project is designed to relieve traffic congestion and upgrade the railway junction in Stuttgart (access and lines), by turning the city’s existing infrastructure into an underground pass-through train station.
The project’s broader, long-term implications include it as part of the Magistrale for Europe plans to build a high-speed rail link between Paris and Budapest.
Germany is the VINCI Group’s largest market outside France, with revenue of about €2,7 billion in 2017 and more than 14,000 employees working for the local VINCI Concessions, VINCI Energies and Eurovia subsidiaries. In January 2018, VINCI Energies won a contract to restructure, expand and manage four schools in Cologne under a public private partnership.