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The Leading UK-Based Railway Consultancy

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.

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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.

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.

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL)

Full UK Government approval was granted in 1996 for the two sections of the 69-mile (108km) high-speed Channel Tunnel Ra

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.

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.

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. 

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.

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.

Engineering a Brighter Future through Education

Around 40 senior managers from Atkins will use their engineering know-how to improve a Hammersmith education facility for Resurgo and TLG: The Education Charity (TLG) this week.

Atkins Secures HS2 Preliminary Design Contract

HS2 Ltd has awarded Atkins the contract to prepare the preliminary designs for the two high-speed running lines through the Country South section of High Speed 2 (HS2) - a 91km stretch covering Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire.

Atkins’ Engineer Wins Prestigious Hangai Prize

Jan Winkler, structural engineer at Atkins in Denmark, is one of four winners of the prestigious International Association for Shell and Spatial Structures (IASS) Hangai Prize. The award will be presented for his paper entitled "A Preliminary Bending Fatigue Spectrum for Steel Monostrand Cables" at the joint IABSE-IASS Symposium Taller, Longer, Lighter in London on 20 September 2011.

Atkins Wins Major Bridge Assignment in Denmark

Atkins has been appointed to provide the preliminary studies and design work for several new and existing bridge structures, as part of a widening programme on the Køge Bay motorway in Denmark. The work to expand the motorway from six to eight lanes will require the construction

Atkins’ Derby Office Move Pays Homage to Local Heroes

Atkins, the UK's largest engineering and design consultancy, has moved its Derby operations to a fully refurbished 'sustainable' office which acknowledges some of the city's heroes of past and present. The move has also benefitted a number of local businesses, with 70% of the contrac

Atkins Signs 2012 Programme Agreement with Network Rail

Atkins, the multidisciplinary design and engineering consultancy, has signed a contract with Network Rail to deliver engineering management services on the 2012 programme. Under the agreement, Atkins will provide engineering and delivery support which includes the provision of a multi

Atkins Awarded Gauge Clearance Contract

Atkins has been awarded a contract by Network Rail to undertake detailed design works to increase the gauge clearances on a section of the North London Line. The work, to widen the clearances through Hampstead Heath Tunnel and three adjacent bridge structures, is part of the North Londo

Atkins Announces New Head of Rail Business

Design and engineering consultancy Atkins has announced the appointment of a new managing director of its Rail business. David Tonkin, who joined the company in 2005 as Atkins Rail's finance director, will assume his new role with effect from 1 July, when chief operating officer and act

Atkins Rail Training Centre is Changing Track

The Atkins Rail training centre will be relocating from its current location in Waterloo to a new office in Vauxhall from 19 June, 2006. The centre is responsible for delivering Network Rail, LUL, passport and health and safety training. The new centre has four large purpose-designed cl


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