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We are at the forefront of transformative rail around the world, helping shape tomorrow’s sustainable travel.

We are at the forefront of transformative rail around the world, helping shape tomorrow’s sustainable travel.

Across the world, we shape and deliver major rail projects for clients in the public and private sector. Our approach combines systems-thinking, the latest technologies and decades of experience.

From a single commuter journey to a country’s wider economy, rail can transform lives, businesses and communities. And in a world trying to cope with ever-increasing demand for mobility and the effects of climate change, while adapting to rapidly evolving technology, rail is a sustainable long-term investment.

Rail projects demand a complex mix of skills and insights – from initial strategy and economics, through to engineering, people-centred design, operations and asset management. Success depends on bringing all these elements together – brilliantly. That’s why our technical expertise is always backed by sharp strategic thinking, whether we’re optimising existing assets and services, or designing whole new railways.

How we work with you

Our team can help in five distinct ways:

Design

We design rail infrastructure that benefits people and communities

Our end-to-end design service covers every element of the rail experience, from identifying the most sustainable route to achieving integrated railway architecture and master-planning. Our joined-up approach ensures any scheme will provide an excellent user experience and produce economic uplift to surrounding communities.

Discover how we’re helping transform commuting between Dallas and Houston

Deliver

We deliver major programmes and develop high performing organisations

We work as delivery partners and provide confident and efficient project management for major rail schemes. Central to infrastructure delivery is ensuring the right organisation and people are on board. Our expertise in organisational design helps clients to mobilise their people to deliver and operate railways around the world.

Discover how we shaped a new transport organisation to enable delivery of their strategic vision

Integrate

We integrate complex technologies and rail systems to maximise efficiency

We help operators and asset owners run more efficient services, improve customer experiences and move to digital railways, blending legacy systems with new technologies and data, for the benefit of all rail users.

Find out how we’re modernising Victorian era infrastructure for 21st century rail fleet

Unlock

We unlock financial value for investors, asset owners and operators

Railways generate huge economic potential, stimulating growth through easier journeys, adding value to cities and creating new opportunities for retail and residential development. We combine our international experience in designing and operating railways, with our financial and economic expertise to identify the greatest potential value in sites and schemes.

Learn more about how we turned AXA into a successful rail investor

Optimise

We optimise railway performance and the whole-life value of assets

A sound asset management strategy is at the heart of a successful railway. We work with operators and owners to develop effective and sustainable whole-life approaches to asset operation and maintenance – from stations, tracks, tunnels to rolling-stock and depots.

Discover the digital innovations we’re developing in asset management for Network Rail

Connecting people to places by any mode of rail

We work across every mode of rail including high speed, metro, commuter, light rail, freight, automated people movers and monorail. It’s in our nature to take a system-wide approach at every stage of the rail lifecycle, meaning you benefit from our full range of advisory services to add value to your rail project or programme. We ensure that every rail project brings maximum benefits to the clients and communities new infrastructure serves.

Metro and mass transit

Metro and mass transit


High-capacity metro and mass transit lines are the sustainable way to move millions of people safely, comfortably and quickly through the world’s urban centres. From Crossrail in London, Cityringen in Copenhagen and the Melbourne Metro to the fully automated driverless mass transit networks in Singapore and Hong Kong, we’re working with clients to shape tomorrow’s urban rail and city mobility.

Explore our global metro experience

High speed

High speed


More than ever, high speed rail is becoming the preferred transport of choice for sustainable cross-country and cross-border travel, bringing people closer to jobs, education and each other. From Europe and the Americas to China, Singapore and Australia, we partner with clients around the world to plan, develop and deliver complex and transformational new high speed links.

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Light rail

Light rail


Light rail is increasingly seen as an economically and sustainably sound solution for convenient high-capacity, inter-city connectivity; a powerful way to enhance the wider transport network. We have been supporting Transport for NSW to design and deliver a new high frequency inner city line which will increase connectivity to support growth of one Australia’s most vibrant cities.

Discover Sydney Light rail

Heavy rail and freight

Heavy rail and freight


Reducing congestion, car use and CO2 relies on having efficient and reliable rail connectivity. Networks need to get the most from their investments in upgrades. We are working with the government in Western Australia to develop and deliver an integrated transport solution that will future-proof connectivity in Perth and its surrounding areas.

Discover our work on Perth’s Metronet programme

Smart, intelligent rail: the future is here

Digital technology continues to redefine every sector, transforming businesses and the customer experience. From artificial intelligence and machine learning to data analytics and sensor technologies, the digital evolution is challenging the sector to rethink how to design, build, operate and maintain rail services.

By working with you to define your vision and develop a strategy, we can help you take advantage of the benefits a new connected world can bring to your business, operations and your customers.


Discover how our team can help

You can access our rail services through regional consultants around the world. Wherever you’re based, we can help you get the most out of your rail project at any stage of the railway lifecycle.

Rail systems

Our rail experts work with clients to plan, design, operate and maintain complex rail systems to enable safe and optimised operations, while mitigating costly risks. Our services include systems engineering; rolling stock consultancy; safety and assurance; detailed systems design and integration of signalling, track, traction power, overhead lines and communications and control systems.

Discover more about our rail engineering services

Rail infrastructure

Rail infrastructure

Using the latest technologies and innovations in design and engineering, we bring decades of experience from rail megaprojects and enhancement programmes from around the world. Our services include civil and structural engineering; architecture; mechanical and electrical engineering; environmental studies; geotechnics; noise and vibration; station, tunnel, viaducts and depot design.

Discover more about our infrastructure design services

Digital rail

Digital rail

From the ability to transform asset management and maintenance to the clear benefits new technologies bring to the customer experience and seamless mobility, digital is offering enormous new opportunities for railways. We are working with clients around the world to help their shift to tomorrow’s digital railway.

Discover more about our digital services

Rail architecture

Rail architecture

We help our clients realise their vision through architecture that’s grounded in people, their experiences and their environments, and we use the most advanced digital tools to unlock the potential in every project. 

Discover more about our architecture service

Advisory services

Advisory services

Maximising the wider benefits of rail for all stakeholders requires genuine ‘systems thinking’. Taking a holistic long-term view of the whole mobility landscape, our advisors work with governments, asset owners, operators, fleet manufacturers and financial investors to define and develop future strategies that return the highest value. Our services cover economics and finance, assets and operations, people and organisations, programmes and project delivery, and strategy and insights.

Discover more about our advisory services