Rail and Transport

More than 125 years’ experience of delivering rail and transport schemes across the world tells us that what we do is about more than improving the movement of people and goods. High quality transport, from metro and rapid transit to light and heavy rail, has the potential to revitalise communities by encouraging investment.

As the leading consultant on major projects in the UK like High-Speed 2, Great Western Modernisation, Northern Hub, Crossrail and Thameslink, we’re helping the UK industry reduce costs, improve efficiency, enhance performance and increase capacity as more and more people take to rail travel.


Successful rail and transport projects depend on an understanding of how local authorities and developers operate and how realities can change in the short and long-term. They need ongoing adjustments, which can only be achieved with good communication between public agencies, private ventures and local communities.


We provide the full range of comprehensive planning and development, design, programme and construction management services, for the complete rail project lifecycle. As the lead design organisation and systems integrator on the Great Western route modernisation programmes, for example, we are delivering multi-disciplinary engineering to take these complex and vast rail enhancement schemes from development, to entry, into service.


We give strategic advice for projects, from high-speed rail systems to mainline railways, through to metro and freight rail projects. Combined with our expertise in complex buildings and linear infrastructure, we have the know-how, adaptability and responsiveness that governments and the private sector require to meet challenging rail programmes in a variety of delivery environments.


From rail engineering to transportation planning

According to a UN report, 54 per cent of the world’s population live in urban areas, a proportion expected to increase to 66 per cent by 2050. Cities all over the world need to consider how their transport networks will meet future demand.


The growing strain on our transport networks can be alleviated with fresh thinking and a flexible, questioning approach to the capacity challenge, which you’ll see in our projects and also our specialist reports, such as On track for value: A white paper on improving the value of our rail network.


We understand the importance of optimising both the operational and commercial opportunities of valuable rail assets. Our delivery of solutions to complex rail programmes with rail engineering and station design is complemented by skills in rail systems, rail assurance, cyber security, and pedestrian modelling. We also provide strategic and logistical support to freight and passenger train operators with rail demand management consultancy, timetabling, ticketing policy and railway operational planning services.


Our flexible solutions fulfil the unique visions of our clients – on London Bridge Station we are playing a central part in creating a sophisticated and integrated transport hub, bringing together bus, train and underground services in a much more user-friendly and pleasant space.


For successful mass transit and public transportation projects, clients can draw from our global pool of expertise in engineering design and the construction-phase, providing services that include strategic consulting, land use planning and programme management.


Harnessing integrated systems and digital rail technology

As rail and transport systems are being built, modernised and expanded, technological advancements are making them safer, faster and more reliable. Our experts are at the forefront of applying and integrating these technologies to existing and new networks, such as HS2.


We are applying innovative solutions across complex systems integration and programme management challenges, such as the Great Western Route Modernisation and Deep Tube Upgrade Programme. And we are at the forefront of the digital rail discussion; our experts are engaging with the industry to explore how we can unlock the massive potential that exists in this exciting area of development. Click here to download “Making a Success of the Digital Railway”, an Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ (IRSE) report, which was supported by WSP.


Worldwide, from intricate underground lines in Stockholm to landmark stations in New York and London, our experts take on challenging projects where they live and work, sharing knowledge and helping to make every project a success for our clients and the communities they serve.