Railway Engineering

WSP's broad multidisciplinary capability enables us to provide a wide range of specialist engineering skills to the rail sector. We have an impressive track record of delivering major projects within the operational rail environment.

Combined with 60 years of global experience in rail project delivery – from huge and intricate underground lines in Stockholm and high-speed rail concepts in Norway to rapid light-rail systems in the Caribbean, landmark stations in London and upgrading underground railway systems on major South African gold and coal mines – we are able to offer our clients world-class expertise.

The quality of our people and the innovations they bring to the industry, and the clear understanding of our rail sector clients’ business drivers, mean we have a formidable record of helping clients enhance performance and safety while reducing the cost of running the network.We combine our expertise and practical management skills to produce better design concepts, deliver asset enhancement, improve construction programmes and lower costs while also considering environmental aspects to help minimise negative impacts.

Support at every phase of a project

We work across all phases of a project – surveys, planning, design, construction, maintenance and management – drawing on our extensive local teams to provide broad geographical coverage.

From renewing infrastructure – such as track and signalling systems – and implementing capacity enhancements at junctions and stations, to designing upgraded power supplies to meet growing electrification demands and finding solutions for complex permanent-way design challenges, our projects span the full range of railway system assets.

Consulting Services:

  • Surface and underground railway systems
  • Feasibility studies, estimates and safety reports
  • Risk assessments, audits and safety reports
  • Contract documentation, standards and specifications
  • Transportation studies
  • Route evaluation reports
  • Locomotive and rolling stock selection and evaluation
  • Materials handling facility design
  • Compliance permits and certificates
  • Railway Safety Regulator permits and reports
  • Track designs including earthworks, concrete structures permanent way and electrification

Project Management services:

  • Routine track maintenance monitoring and control
  • Upgrading of existing railway infrastructure
  • New track layout designs and drawings
  • Contract management
  • Quality control systems and inspections

Training services:

  • On-site training of track personnel
  • Track appreciation courses for supervisors

We aim to provide a service that adds value to the operations of our clients in the industry. We strive to provide a comprehensive service giving technical and operating solutions that are cost efficient and unique to the client’s requirements.