Rail and Transit

We design and deliver a wide range of rail infrastructure. Our depth of experience offers us a unique insight into the rail engineering process, and our commitment to leading edge digital technology forms the basis of our ambitious R&D programme.

Transport Experts in NZ
950 950
Rail Specialists in New Zealand
50+ 50+
Local Offices
40 40
Laboratories in NZ
11 11

Our New Zealand team has about 950 staff working in the transport sector. We deliver a range of rail related infrastructure services from four regional offices in Auckland, Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch with support from 40 local offices including 11 laboratories.

We provide high-quality transport, from metro and rapid transit to light rail and freight rail. These solutions encourage fund investments, economic development, and help towns and cities meet the challenges of rapid expansion. 

With emphasis on customer experience, we focus on solutions that provide greater capacity, improve service reliability, future proofing and inter-connectivity, whilst at the same time reducing maintenance costs. 

Some of our key projects include: City Rail Link (CRL), Hillside Refurbishment Project, Wiri to Quay Park (W2QP), Papakura to Pukekohe (P2P), Hamilion to Auckland Business Case (H2A), Tararua District Council Hub Business Case, Wiri Maintenance Depot, KiwiRail Substations Wellington, Multiple DART Packages, Third Main Line from Middlemore to Puhinui, Panmure  Station, Mt Albert Station, Caulfield to Dandenong, Southern Program Alliance and Gawler Electrification. 


Our experience in New Zealand

WSP has extensive experience in all aspects of urban and regional transportation planning, growth management and the creation and maintenance of civil infrastructure. Teamed with WSP's engineering, programme and construction management experts, our rail planners have a track record of delivering successful business cases to New Zealand's rail clients and stakeholders. In addition, our consultants offer strategic advice and help decision makers to understand the commercial risks and identify the best technical opportunities. 

Some of our service offerings include: 

  • Strategic Project and technical advice
  • Rail standards development 
  • Consenting planning
  • Operational service planning and quality
  • Rail projects and engineering management
  • Geotechnical and environmental services
  • Corridor and subarea planning
  • Procurement and contract management
  • Rail systems engineering
  • Advanced train control systems
  • Environmental studies
  • Capital programming and prioritisation
  • Operational advice and analysis
  • Freight logistics and planning
  • Infrastructure design (signalling, telecommunications, track, civil and rail structures)
  • Land and statutory planning
  • Sustainable land use and Zero carbon emission planning
  • Level crossing design
  • Rail asset condition assessment and management
  • Future proofing transportation planning
  • Pedestrian circulation
  • Major Investment studies
  • New mobility planning
  • Community and Stakeholder engagement and facilitation

Our rail clients include KiwiRail, local and regional councils, port companies, construction contractors and project managers and other professional advisors.


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