balfour beatty

Balfour Beatty Rail UK Ltd

+44(0)1737 785000

Company overview

The Balfour Beatty group is a leading global infrastructure specialist. With 2,500 expert employees worldwide, it finances, creates, maintains and operates critical infrastructure, helping to connect communities and boost economic growth.

In the UK, Balfour Beatty has a 12,000-strong team and portfolio of specialist brands. The country’s largest infrastructure and construction provider, it employs cutting-edge techniques and technologies to deliver sustainable solutions for a range of clients. These right-first-time solutions encompass everything from delivery to asset maintenance and operation.

Over 100 years since it was established, Balfour Beatty works across a range of sectors. Today, it’s at the heart of the UK rail industry, designing, improving, and maintaining its networks.

Rail engineering expertise

Balfour Beatty manages rail projects from concept to completion, with industry-leading expertise in:

  • Design and manufacturing.
  • Civils.
  • Track.
  • Reactive maintenance.
  • Electrification.
  • Signalling.
  • Power systems.
  • Rail plant.

A leader in rail infrastructure, it delivers complex projects efficiently, reliably, and to the highest standards. Today, the firm counts HS2 Ltd, London Underground, and Caltrain among its clients.


Balfour Beatty is renowned for the design and delivery of electrification schemes. Working across main line, light rail, and mass transit networks, and with extensive experience of AC and DC contact systems and power and distribution infrastructure,  its team specialises in:

  • Permanent way.
  • Signalling.
  • Civil engineering.
  • Electrification.
  • Plant.

Whether clients are looking to improve existing systems of construct new infrastructure, this team can help.

Track solutions

A trusted industry partner, Balfour Beatty offers a wide range of track services, including:

  • Civil engineering design.
  • Track maintenance.
  • Track renewal.
  • Track alignment optimisation.
  • Switch and crossing (S&C) unit manufacture.

Rail plant

Balfour Beatty’s unparalleled rail plant expertise covers all track support, maintenance, and engineering activities. Solutions include:

  • Track geometry services.
  • Specialist plant/high output.
  • Road rail plant and attachments.

Omincom Balfour Beatty

Specialist brand Omnicon Balfour Beatty collects and analyses data on the condition of rail infrastructure, helping its clients to make insight-driven decisions.


Design engineering

Balfour Beatty’s in-house design team supports a variety of rail infrastructure projects, specialising in:

  • Permanent way.
  • Overhead line electrification.
  • Traction power.
  • Civil engineering.
  • Temporary works.

With a strong construction background, this team considers factors like stagework and planning from the outset, designing solutions to be built.


With expertise in consultancy, design, planning, installation, testing, and commissioning, Balfour Beatty’s signalling team delivers:

  • Minor works (e.g the repositioning of signals)
  • Major resignalling shemes.

Reactive maintenance

Balfour Beatty is renowned for its reactive maintenance services, ensuring that multi-disciplinary rail assets remain safe and operational. Its portfolio includes:

  • Building and civils.
  • Structures.
  • Track assets.
  • Signalling assets.

Switchgear Manufacturing

Balfour Beatty designs and manufactures BS EN 6143-compliant power substations and electrical switchgear for a range of sectors – including rail.

Power systems

With unparalleled delivery capabilities and expertise, Balfour Beatty oversees power systems projects from their design phase through to commissioning.

Rail projects

Caltrain Peninsula Corridor electrification project

Balfour Beatty is delivering design and build services for this transformative project, which will see the rail corridor between San Jose and San Fransisco electrified.

HS2 tunnel boring machine

Balfour Beatty VINCI recently assembled HS2’s giant tunnel boring machine, which is due to begin work on the second bore of the Bromford Tunnel to Birmingham in 2024.

Making safety personal

With its commitment to ‘Zero Harm’, Balfour Beatty works to protect employees, partners, subcontractors and suppliers – as well as the environment and members of the public. Learn more about its personal approach to safety:

Balfour Beatty safety

Working towards carbon zero construction sites

Balfour Beatty has developed an ambitious net zero roadmap, and is working to make carbon zero construction sites a reality.