High Speed and Intercity Rail

WSP is a leader in the creation of high speed rail networks, with services ranging from planning to engineering, and environmental review to construction management.


High speed and intercity rail really do link cities to the world. Connecting communities and improving transportation between cities, states, and countries make high speed and intercity passenger rail a true catalyst for economic growth, while providing passengers with a reliable and safe transportation alternative.

High speed rail (HSR) uses specialised rolling stocks and dedicated tracks, meaning big investments. However, over the years, HSR has become the global standard for energy-efficient transportation linking cities together.

A Leader in HSR Networks

WSP is a leader in the creation of HSR networks worldwide. In Asia, we were involved in the design and implementation of high-speed lines in China, Korea, and Taiwan. In the UK, we were part of the project team for High-Speed 2. In the US, we are involved in all HSR projects linked to the proposed development of a network of over 27,000 km (17,000 miles) by 2030.


Our services range from planning to engineering, and from environmental review to construction management. We also have significant expertise in critical issues such as systems integration, HSR alignments, cost estimation, environmental documentation, and train equipment options.

Here are some specific services:

  • Delivery process
  • Development of standards and criteria for public agencies
  • Research on special subsystems
  • Complete system development
  • System concept
  • Engineering design
  • Environmental assessments
  • Technical and economic feasibility assessments
  • Business plan development