Rail Freight Transport

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WSP provides planning, design, and construction management services for any rail freight transport project.


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Trains are the essence of the Industrial Revolution. When goods need to be moved across long distances, few transportation modes can be as efficient as railroads. This is why trains have always been part of the logistics chain. In today’s competitive economic landscape, rail freight remains crucial and operators are looking to expand their network’s capacity and productivity with investments in both advanced technology and infrastructure. In fact, the demand for new and upgraded rail lines has been growing rapidly in recent years.

 

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WSP and your Rail-Related Project

Rail freight transport is all about moving goods with efficiency. Our teams provide planning, design, and construction management services for any rail-related project. Our planning capabilities include capacity simulations, analysis and resolution of operational issues, market analyses, traffic forecasting, and multimodal competitive assessments.

With our multi-faceted expertise (port, roads and highways, rail), we provide services to successfully deliver new or revitalized intermodal terminal. Here are some of our specific services:

  • Architectural and intermodal facility design
  • Geotechnical engineering
  • Specialty track design
  • Tactical and operational scheduling
  • Development of standards and criteria for public agencies
  • System and network concept development
  • Environmental assessment
  • Sustainability and resilience planning and assessment
  • Engineering design
  • Technical and economic feasibility assessments
  • Network and corridor planning
  • Operations planning and simulations
  • Operations and maintenance consulting
  • Railway signalling
  • Communications systems design
  • Traction power systems design and engineering
  • Tunnelling and elevated structures design and engineering

We are working for the Swedish Transport Administration to upgrade a railway and a highway (E45 and West Coast Railway) for the strategically important area near Gothenburg harbour, providing preliminary and detailed design and preparing all construction documents. The existing single-track railway had reached its full capacity, and the highway was blighted by traffic congestion and often flooded by the Gotha River. With the new double-track railway line, fast commuter trains and goods trains will be able to use it simultaneously. There will be more frequent services and journey times will be reduced by up to 20 minutes. This will open up the area for residents and enable local businesses to recruit more people. The railway will also be able to accommodate greater volumes of freight traffic, meeting increasing demand from the harbour and minimizing pollution.

Investing in the Future

Across the world, rail companies are investing millions of dollars to maintain the efficiency, the safety, and the sustainability of their networks. As well, there has been tremendous growth in intermodal traffic.


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