Light Rail and Streetcars

WSP promotes light rail transit and streetcar projects as an integral part of creating the communities of tomorrow.

We have provided experimental research and testing that assisted the design and construction of major national infrastructure projects, such as hydroelectric power schemes, state highways, airports, railways and marine ports.

Our network of eleven IANZ (International Accreditation of New Zealand) laboratories provide accredited test reports, specialist independent consulting services, materials testing and analysis for engineering construction materials using a multi-disciplinary team of highly trained technicians and technical specialists.

Our management and operating procedures are externally audited and accredited to both the International Quality Management System ISO 9001:2008 and General requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories NZS/ ISO/IEC 17025:2005.

Our laboratories hold the widest range of mechanical testing accreditation in New Zealand having been registered since February 1975 under IANZ (formally TELARC) for the classes of test.

(NATA is the Australian equivalent of the New Zealand IANZ accreditation system).


Our capability and experience in laboratories covers:

  • Aggregates
  • Bitumen
  • Concrete
  • Construction Monitoring
  • Geotechnical Investigations
  • Pavement Investigations
  • Road Roughness Measurements
  • Soils and Geomechanics Testing
  • CPT (Cone Penetration Testing)
  • Offshore Testing


The accredited tests will vary between individual laboratories but may include all or portions of the services above.

Additionally, the Auckland laboratory and WSP Opus Research in Wellington are MPI (Ministry of Primary Industries) approved as transitional facilities and are able to receive and test, as above, samples from throughout the world.

In Stockholm, Tramway City is expected to carry 63,000 passengers per day in 2030 and will supply the new Royal Seaport district with efficient and environmentally friendly public transport.