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LONDON (Thomson Financial) - French engineering group Alstom and joint venture partners said they have handed over the final track and overhead line sections of the new high speed rail line between London and Paris.

    Alstom, Carillion PLC and French rail engineering group TSO said the 178 mln eur contract involved installation of 40 kilometres of double track and overhead lines on the second and final section of High Speed 1, formerly known as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link, between north Kent and London's St Pancras station.

    As well as the work on the track, half of which is in tunnels, the contract included management of railway access for other contractors, system integration tests and system commissioning management.

    Journeys between Paris and London will take 2 hours 15 minutes, instead of the current 2 hours 35 minutes, when Eurostar trains begin using the line on Nov 14.

    Alstom's share of the contract is 40 pct. It has since won two further major infrastructure projects in 2007 including electrification of China's high-speed Shi-Tai line and work on the urban transport network in Turkey's largest city, Istanbul.

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