The SYSTRA Group is one of the world’s leading experts in multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy for rail and urban transport, specialising in the areas of high-speed rail, metro, mass rapid transit, tram-train, light-rail transit (tramways), automated guideway transits and bus rapid transit.

Rail engineering technical consultancy

We offer a comprehensive range of technical consultancy services for projects relating to civil engineering (including tunnels, bridges and viaducts); engineering design in rail infrastructure and rail systems; signalling and telecommunications; railway electrification and power engineering (catenary and power supplies); ERTMS; systems engineering (including systems integration and technical assurance); project management and construction management; strategic feasibility studies; testing and commissioning; and transport-planning master-plan development.

Development and design consultancy for high-speed rail lines

SYSTRA has been involved with the development or design of more high-speed lines than any other engineering consultant. Our experts have all the technical skills required to ensure the success of high-speed projects: we can perform studies prior to management of the project, and then carry out all design and construction engineering, from operations engineering to maintenance engineering and including supervision of works, testing, delivery, launch and staff-training programmes.

Rail civil engineering, including tunnels, bridges and viaducts

We are involved in all stages of rail civil engineering projects, including feasibility studies, studies/concept review/methods, preliminary design, detailed design, studies and construction methods, preparation of tender dossiers, evaluation of bidding, supervision of construction design, construction supervision, diagnosis of existing structures and the design and supervision of remedial works.

SYSTRA are international rail and urban transport engineering consultants for high-speed rail, metro, mass rapid-transit, tram-train, light-rail transit (tramway), automated-guideway transit and bus rapid-transit.
We offer a comprehensive scope of services to our clients, ranging from early preliminary planning studies to overseeing of transport infrastructure construction work and systems commissioning.
SYSTRA has been involved with the development or design of more high-speed rail lines than any other engineering consultant, including High-Speed 1, the UK's first high-speed line.

Our wealth of experience enables us to provide the highest-quality tunnel, bridge and viaduct structures with respect to cost efficiency, construction speed and schedule, integration to the environment, and maintenance and safety requirements.

Rail and urban transport project management expertise

Our project department provides advice and assistance at every stage of your project, including cost control, analysis and cost assessment, planning, business management, risk management, project quality management, assistance with preparing bids and assistance with the launch, production, finalising of business, and subsequent feedback.

We aim to develop roles in the financial management of projects, assist business leaders in the management of their projects and develop a talent pool of project leaders available to carry out projects around the world.

Transport planning and optimisation studies

Our transport planning studies are carried out ahead of the main implementation phases. These are a crucial factor in both improving and developing efficient transport systems.

Studies for the operation of a railway can be part of broader transport planning studies, carried out as a specific technical brief, and also conducted separately, focusing on rail issues.

Design and engineering of transport equipment and systems

We can assign multi-disciplinary teams of technical experts to company projects to design, test, launch or provide expert advice on systems and equipment for urban and rail transport networks.

Operating in major international engineering markets since 1957, we have been involved in projects in more than 150 countries and 350 cities, including High Speed 1, the UK’s first high-speed rail line; the Dubai Metro project; the Californian high-speed line; the light-rail transit system in Bordeaux, France; and London’s current Crossrail project.


With a group turnover of €240m, SYSTRA and its key subsidiaries, MVA Consultancy (UK), Citilabs (US), MVA Hong-Kong (Hong Kong), Systra Consulting (US), Canarail (Canada) and SOTEC Ingénierie (France) currently employ over 2,500 employees worldwide with offices located in Africa, America, Asia, Europe and the Middle East. The Group’s headquarters are based in central Paris.