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The Leading UK-Based Railway Consultancy

Euston Tower,
286 Euston Road,
NW1 3AT,
United Kingdom

With over 1,400 professionally qualified staff in its rail business, Atkins provides a broad range of consultancy services to the rail sector. From pure signalling design to the programme management of multidisciplinary projects, our experienced teams provide innovative solutions that span every discipline in both the mass transit and heavy rail markets.

Our services are best illustrated through unique but inter-related work streams, including the following.

Rail structure, vehicle and system asset management

The rail business offers a range of asset management services which cover the main components of an operational railway (people, processes, assets and information) and six asset types — rail vehicles, track and structures, control and signalling, electrification, telecoms and customer information systems.

Rail-infrastructure civil engineers

Our civil engineers offer expertise in the design, development and management of rail infrastructure systems. With extensive knowledge and understanding of the many elements of operational rail networks and their interfaces, they support clients throughout the full project-lifecycle, which includes feasibility studies, planning, system specification, detailed design, tender preparation and evaluation, construction management, condition surveys, assessments, rehabilitation programmes and maintenance, and whole-life support.

Atkins is providing concept and detailed design for the Thameslink elements of Farringdon station — a key interchange connecting Thameslink, Crossrail and London Underground.
Atkins is principal contractor on the Newport Area Signalling Renewal project, responsible for designing, installing, testing and commissioning of 400 signalling units along 35 miles of track between Bristol and Cardiff.
Atkins completed a single-option feasibility study for the Glasgow-Edinburgh electrification project, conducting a series of surveys and developing layout plans for the whole route.
Atkins is providing consultancy for the transportation system package of the new 15.5km, 17-station Copenhagen Metro's City Circle Line.
Atkins has been awarded a seven-year infrastructure manager technical advisor contract to provide the ongoing professional technical support required to operate the London Overground business.

Design, development and construction for overhead lines and conductor rails

We provide cost-effective design, development and construction-management services in rail electrification for both overhead line and conductor rail systems. From conceptual and detailed design to the installation of new systems and to the renewal or enhancement of existing systems, our experience and skills enable us to offer a comprehensive service embracing all the E&P disciplines.

Signalling and telecoms

Our signalling design teams have the capacity to undertake signalling work from outline feasibility studies to scheme design and detailed design. Atkins’ signalling and telecoms specialists provide installation, testing and commissioning on full-scale remodelling programmes, as well as services on smaller technical investigation works. We are in a position to offer clients a true multi-disciplinary service through our collaboration with other disciplines such as civil infrastructure, track, building services and electrification, thus delivering a fully integrated transport solution.

Rail, strategic rail and rail-related consultancy

Our rail consultancy services are delivered to all key rail markets. From bespoke permanent-way consultancy to project planning and development, we are involved in projects of varying sizes for a diverse range of clients.

More recently we have been involved in a series of strategic rail consultancy commissions. These differ from the ‘normal’ studies, in that the client has often required an assessment of an entire rail operation from a strategic perspective. In addition to offering traditional railway consultancy services, we also assist non-rail clients who have bespoke rail-related requirements.

Rail vehicle design, engineering and certification

Our rail vehicle specialists generate innovative and effective solutions in response to the business needs of vehicle manufacturers, maintainers, owners and operators. From the provision of individual specialist support through to the delivery of full projects, we tailor our expertise to deliver services covering specialist engineering support, strategic services, technical services, certification services, design consultancy and total system support for both rail vehicles and on-track plant vehicles.

Rail property / infrastructure modelling

Rail property includes stations, depots, lineside buildings and associated developments that involve the railway system. Our strong property/rail infrastructure and passenger modelling expertise is complemented by commercial, architectural, structural and building services from the wider Atkins group. This combination allows us to offer clients a complete solution, be it for a full transport interchange or a metro station.

Multi-disciplinary rail project delivery

A number of services we provide cross all work streams. These include design management, programme and planning, possessions planning, project information systems, construction management, and project and programme management services.

West Coast Main Line

The modernisation of the 399-mile (641.6km) rail route between London and Glasgow and its key divergences to Birmingham, Liverpool and Manchester, was the largest rail project to date in the UK.

Docklands Light Railway Capacity Upgrade

Since opening in 1987, the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) has been central to the regeneration of east London. Now its significance is far greater than originally envisaged.

Follo High-Speed Railway Line, Oslo

Follo Line is a planned 22.5km (14 miles) high-speed railway line between Norway's capital city Oslo and the suburban town of Ski. The double-track line will run parallel to the Østfold Line.

Copenhagen Metro, Light Rail and Metro Project, Denmark

Denmark's capital city, København (Copenhagen), took light rail and metro technology to another level in October 2002 by opening an extensive system capable of being operated entirely without drivers. The project gained momentum through the area to be covered not being on the city's S-tog suburban heavy rail network.

East Coast Main Line (ECML), Edinburgh to London

An upgrading programme for the 393-mile (632km) East Coast Main Line (ECML) route between London and Edinburgh, and its key divergences serving Leeds, Bradford and Glasgow, was thrust into a new context during 2007.

Budapest Metro Four

The Municipality of Budapest and the State Government ordered the construction of a mass transit underground system in early 1998. The project was vigorously examined, and deemed to be the best answer to Budapest's increasing transport problems.

Gatwick Express

Gatwick Express, the first dedicated city centre to airport rail link in the UK, has undergone a major service transformation with the introduction of a fleet of brand new trains at the end of 2000. However, February 2006 saw the UK Government announce its likely demise because it is using up valuable line capacity.

Light Rail System, operated by Thameslink Rail

The £800m Thameslink 2000 scheme will transform services across the whole of the south-east of the UK when it is complete, expected to be 2006. It requires upgrading most of the principal commuter routes feeding into London, the country's largest city.

Croydon Tramlink

Croydon is part of the London conurbation, 15 miles south of the capital's centre. The most populous London borough with a population over 330,000, due to its proximity to central London and own concentration of commercial property, Croydon has heavy outward and inward commuter traffic.

Heathrow Express

The Heathrow Express is a high-speed service link offering the fastest journey time between Heathrow Airport and central London of 16 minutes and 21 minutes to Terminal 5.

Hong Kong West Rail

West Rail is a massive, HK$57.7 billion project to build a stand-alone 30.5km rail line between Nam Cheong in West Kowloon and Tuen Mun, to try and tap into the growth potential of the western towns and cities of Hong Kong.

London Underground Jubilee Line

Construction of the extension of London Underground's Jubilee Line from Green Park, through south London and Docklands to Stratford, proved a troublesome project.

Hong Kong East Rail

Hong Kong's heavy rail network is primarily arranged on two axes. Patronage of the East Rail route has soared almost six-fold since electrification in 1983. A fleet of 451 GEC-Alstom-built EMU vehicles share the same tracks as trains continuing to Shanghai and Beijing, as well as commercially vital freight, mainly container traffic.

Midland Metro

The 12.7 mile (20.1km) Midland Metro light rail system links the UK's second largest city, Birmingham, with Wolverhampton to the north-west, the two also connected by a heavy rail main line.

Kowloon-Canton Railway

The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and the neighbouring Shenzhen Special Economic Zone in southern China repres

Network Rail

Established in March 2002, Network Rail (NR) took over ownership and responsibility for the rail infrastructure of Engla

Atkins Seeks to Maximise International Rail Positioning

Atkins is seeking to maximise its position in the rapidly growing international rail market to better identify and resource key opportunities, and to harness key skills, experiences and innovation from across the Group.

28 May 2014

Industry Warns of Stifled Britain Without HS2

A new report, published today, details the costly impact to Britain if High Speed 2 is derailed. ‘Great Britain: connected or not?’, which was developed by the HSR Industry Leaders Group, outlines how failing to build HS2 will leave a clogged Britain, unable to meet its full potential, lagging behind the rest of the world in terms of infrastructure development. 

4 March 2014

Atkins Named to Los Angeles’ Metro General Engineering Consultant Bench

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) of Los Angeles County has selected Atkins to be a part of its General Engineering Consultant 'bench' contract to provide general engineering consultant (GEC) services in support of Metro’s day-to-day rail system operations.

3 August 2013

Landmark Agreement Puts Ultra High-speed Rail on Fast Track

Atkins and Heriot-Watt University have signed a historic memorandum of understanding to create a centre of excellence for high-speed rail, aiming to push the boundaries of railway track research beyond high-speed into the realm of ultra-high-speed.

19 July 2013

British PM Highlights Atkins Expertise as UK Exemplar

British Prime Minister David Cameron climbed aboard the Dubai Metro on Monday morning when he visited the UAE, and he used the trip to highlight the excellent track record of UK-based firms such as Atkins in supporting the UAE’s critical infrastructure needs.

6 November 2012


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