Jacobs Receives Contract to Support Metrolink Light Rail System in Manchester, UK

Dec 14, 2010, 07:45 ET from Jacobs Engineering Group Inc.

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 14, 2010 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) announced today that it was awarded a contract to provide detailed design and construction support services to MPact for the construction of extensions to the light rail Metrolink system in and around Manchester, United Kingdom.

Officials did not disclose the contract value, however indicated that the total construction value is estimated at $590 million.

The Greater Manchester's Metrolink network is one of the most successful light rail systems in the UK, carrying nearly 20 million passengers every year. The new lines are expected to add 16.4 miles and 33 stops to the system, extending it out to Manchester Airport, East Didsbury and Ashton-under-Lyne, as well as covering both Oldham and Rochdale town centres.

The Metrolink system is owned by Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive (GMPTE). MPact is a joint venture company comprising Laing O'Rourke and VolkerRail.

Jacobs Group Vice President Bob Duff stated, "We are delighted to be appointed to this contract for Metrolink and look forward to providing MPact with a range of quality design and construction support services."

Jacobs is one of the world's largest and most diverse providers of technical, professional, and construction services.

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