United Kingdom

GHD has UK offices in London and York and employs a team of 60 permanent employees and more than 50 associates. We are supported by a network of more than 100 offices worldwide and can bring the benefit of an international aspect to solutions for our clients using our experience in collaboration and partnership.

The UK business consists of four service groups; Project Management and Assurance, Railway Engineering, Railway Operations & Planning and Asset Management. The capability within these service groups covers the entire business and asset life cycle and supports a wide range of business activities in areas as diverse as the develop­ment of new infrastructure, identifying efficient asset management solutions, health and safety services, designing better client products and services, sustainability and formulating business performance improvement strategies. 

Our vision is that "We will be valued as innovative problem-solvers in the world of Transportation; people who work with their clients to get things moving".

Click below for United Kingdom specific service offerings:

For more information, please contact:

John Dutton
Operating Centre Manager, UK/Europe

T: +44 203 077 7900  | E: Contact GHD UK

Location/Postal Address:
10 Fetter Lane
London
EC4A 1BR

Heathrow Express Ltd

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GHD assessed the overall level of asset management across Heathrow Express, which owns and operates the high speed rail service from London Paddington to Heathrow Airport. Its mission is to get passengers to their destination safely and on time.

Using the TEAMQF-3g© Assessment Framework a team of GHD consultants carried out a detailed assessment of the organisation in order to establish its overall level of asset management maturity across its engineering, operations, commercial and safety & assurance functions.

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Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) - Strategic asset management programme

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GHD is working in partnership with WMATA on an Asset Management Programme that will achieve 'whole life asset management' across the authority’s bus and rail fleet and infrastructure assets. This will assist WMATA's mission to provide safe, equitable, reliable and cost-effective public transit.

GHD's team with skills across all aspects of asset management, including planning, strategy implementation and asset knowledge management, is working with WMATA to:

  • Develop the links between WMATA’s strategic goals and its asset management
  • Asset Management Policy: obligations, objectives and principles
  • Asset Management Strategy and Objectives: how to deliver the policy intentions
  • Asset Management Plans
  • Asset Maintenance Policies: Business processes to support operations, maintenance and rehabilitation or replacement decisions

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Network Rail Asset Management Competence Framework

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To date GHD has undertaken over 50 independent 'External Expert' corporate gate reviews for Transport for London (TfL), helping the client determine if its programmes and projects are deliverable, affordable and provide value for money. The projects and programmes assessed range in scope from civil and station upgrade works, information management systems upgrades, passenger ticketing systems upgrades to the introduction of new train control systems.

Each review scrutinizes the project or programme to determine whether TfL should commence or continue with it and to identify key corrective actions.

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Transport for London Corporate Gate Reviews

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To date GHD has undertaken over 50 independent 'External Expert' corporate gate reviews for Transport for London (TfL), helping the client determine if its programmes and projects are deliverable, affordable and provide value for money. The projects and programmes assessed range in scope from civil and station upgrade works, information management systems upgrades, passenger ticketing systems upgrades to the introduction of new train control systems.

Each review scrutinizes the project or programme to determine whether TfL should commence or continue with it and to identify key corrective actions.

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Isle of Man Railways - Snaefell Mountain Railway Track Renewals

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GHD provided design and programme management services for the Snaefell Mountain Railway track renewal programme. Opened in 1895, the Snaefell Mountain Railway (SMR) carries passengers in vintage trams between Laxey, a coastal town, and Snaefell’s summit, 2,036 feet above sea level. The five mile long double-track line is 3 ft 6 in gauge and uses a Fell Incline Railway System center rail for braking on the steep gradients, some of which exceed 1 in 12. Its overhead wires supply 550 V direct current.

In 2010 the Department of Community, Culture and Leisure, the railway’s operator, appointed GHD to design and programme manage the SMR’s three year track renewal programme, following on from the Manx Electric Railway’s seven year track renewals programme, also managed by GHD.

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Manchester Metrolink - City Centre Track Renewals

GHD worked as part of the Metrolink team on strategic planning of tram track renewal. After 15 years of operation, much of Metrolink’s city center track was nearing the end of its economic life and was programmed for replacement. The main objectives were to ensure the long term operation of City Centre tram services with minimal risk of derailment and with improved ability to maintain worn rail.

Working as an integrated part of the Metrolink team, GHD was responsible for the overall strategic planning of the renewals, including specification of the design requirements and of the fabrication and installation contract.

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Manchester Metrolink – Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations Compliance

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Metrolink engaged GHD to plan platform modifications to meet accessibility requirements. The 2008 Rail Vehicle Accessibility Regulations (RVAR), define stepping distance standards for trams. Initially for new vehicles and infrastructure, the regulations will also be incrementally applied to existing networks.

The introduction of new M5000 trams to run alongside the existing T68 trams across the existing network, led Metrolink to engage GHD to devise and implement a plan to modify existing platforms (built before RVAR) so that the mixed fleet operation met the demanding requirements for near step and gap free access to either the M5000 or T68 LRVs.

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Transport Initiatives Edinburgh Tram Design & Delivery Programme Assurance Support

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Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (tie) Tram Design & Delivery Programme Assurance Support appointed GHD to assist in the assurance of the design and delivery of the trams being procured for the new Edinburgh tram network.

Modern trams are complex and sophisticated vehicles. They incorporate many systems and components that have to comply with a wide range of specifications, regulations and legislative requirements, as well as being fully compatible with each other and with the specific characteristics of the fixed infrastructure. Assurance of the design and delivery process required GHD's extensive and detailed knowledge of all these factors, helping to avoid delays and additional cost.

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Docklands Light Railway – Programme Management

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The Docklands Light Railway (DLR) carries over 80 million passengers annually, serving the East End of London, including the Canary Wharf financial district and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. GHD was engaged by DLR as the Programme Manager for its Pre-Olympic Capital Works Programme of over 60 projects, vital to delivering the intensive Olympics timetables.

The varied project works included 14 km of track renewal, upgrades to station facilities such as lifts and escalator installation/upgrades, platform resurfacing, customer information systems, security systems and help points, HV power resilience improvements and vehicle interiors upgrades.

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East London Line Phase 2

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Ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, GHD helped deliver a new branch of the East London Railway.

ELLP Phase 2 included construction of a new connection with Network Rail’s (NR) South London Railway near Old Kent Road and works at Clapham Junction to create a terminus platform. The overall Phase 2 objective was to complete the London Overground orbital railway.

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Isle of Man Railways – Manx Electric Railway Track Renewals Programme

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GHD was appointed to manage the programme to re-track and re-ballast the route of the Manx Electric Railway in the British Isles.

The Manx Electric Railway, opened in 1893, is a narrow gauge, 28 km long double track railway running from the island’s capital, Douglas, north to Ramsey, comprising both urban and rural sections. The vintage trams receive 650 V DC traction power via a single trolley wire system. The railway is very important to the island as it forms both its public transport network and its tourist infrastructure.

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Heathrow Express (HEX) – Rail Engineering Partner

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Since 2002, acting as an integrated part of HEX’s team, GHD has been engineering advisor for track, signalling and electrification systems. In partnership with HEX, GHD’s day-to-day responsibilities include management of Network Rail’s contract to maintain the railway, leadership of initiatives to deliver continuous performance improvement, and on-call response to faults and incidents.

Wheel rail interface management is one example GHD’s work; leading HEX’s technical response to Rolling Contact Fatigue in the wake of the Hatfield accident. GHD is involved in evolving HEX’s proactive and successful rail head and wheel profile management strategy to address changes both in the mix of operating vehicles and the system’s configuration.

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Electromotive Diesel - Roberts Road Locomotive Servicing Facility

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Electromotive Diesel's expanding locomotive servicing business led to the construction of additional premises, in Doncaster, for servicing Class 66 Freight locomotives, adjacent to the Doncaster – Sheffield line.GHD was appointed as Electromotive Diesel’s project track engineer.

Two sheds were constructed. The first, able to accommodate four locomotives at a time, was over 75 m x 32 m wide and was equipped with integral travelling cranes capable of lifting out engine and transformer sets. The second shed accommodated an under floor wheel lathe and washing apron. Nearly 2000 m of new track was required to allow locomotives to access the sheds from the adjacent running line and to enable the necessary shunting in the depot.

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Manchester Metrolink - Point actuation equipment safety assurance and acceptance

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GHD managed the integration, safety assurance and acceptance of new actuation equipment where the former heavy rail line points have been converted to light rail. Transport for Greater Manchester’s (TfGM’s) new Tram Management System (TMS) will deliver high capacity and enhanced safety on the existing network and the new Phase 3a and 3b extensions. The specified light rail system point actuation equipment, delivered by Thales as part of their TMS scope, is used on the light rail track points and also on the heaver rail points.

Working within TfGM’s RAMS requirements framework and with numerous key stakeholders, GHD mapped the differences between proven and new applications.

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Network Rail – Kettering to Corby Capacity Works GRIP Stages 1 & 2

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The line between Kettering and Corby in the UK required infrastructure enhancement by December 2014 to enable additional freight and passenger services and, potentially, to allow it act as diversionary route during the Midland Main Line electrification project. GHD’s challenge was to take the scheme through GRIP Stage 1 (output definition) and GRIP stage 2 (feasibility); undertaking an operational assessment, developing infrastructure options, evaluating their feasibility and cost, and aligning stakeholders through a value management process.

Working to a baseline requirement to operate two freight trains and one passenger train per hour in each direction, with the potential for one additional passenger train path and two additional freight train paths per hour in each direction, it was concluded that key to meeting these capacity requirements was the re-instatement of the double track section between Kettering and Corby (coverted to single track in the mid-1980s).

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Arriva Trains – Great Western Franchise Bid

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Arriva Trains commissioned GHD to provide extensive technical support through both the pre-qualification and bid stages for the Great Western Franchise. GHD was the lead technical advisor for:

  • Revenue and demand forecasting, including assessment of impact of exogenous factors, rail-on-rail and modal competition, changes in service provision or quality
  • Delivery of a compliant Revenue Model with associated Record of Assumptions and Operating Manual
  • Capacity management, including advising on fleet deployment, assessment of services against specified crowding limits, impact of crowding on revenue and supporting creation of a Delivery Plan to accommodate passenger growth
  • Delivery of a compliant Crowding Model with associated Record of Assumptions and Operating Manual, providing a train-by-train, stop-by-stop view of crowding
  • Fares and revenue protection
  • Timetable specification and evaluation, including analysis of impact of net revenue and TSR compliance
  • Environment & sustainability and asset management
  • Assessment of impact of engineering work and bid writing support in respect of Delivery Plan "Management and Delivery of Infrastructure Change"

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Chiltern Railways – Revenue Forecasting Model

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GHD was appointed to support revenue forecasting for Chiltern Railways, which operates mainline passenger trains from Marylebone station in London to Aylesbury, Stratford, Birmingham Snow Hill and Kidderminster.

GHD used its Revenue Forecasting Model (RFM), a flexible and easy-to-use yet powerful forecasting and analysis tool, compliant with Department for Transport franchise modelling requirements. This enabled Chiltern to rapidly generate short, medium and long-term passenger forecasts. Data was analysed by revenue and volume by period, and at a disaggregated flow and ticket type level.

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Grand Central – West Coast Mainline

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GHD was commissioned by Grand Central to consider new business opportunities using paths available on the West Coast Mainline (WCML) in the UK.

Our task was to establish which train stations would offer most revenue when introducing additional direct services to and from London. We identified the most profitable routes (net of cost) through these stations, and established whether the routes could be timetabled and provide key elements to the response to the Office of Rail Regulation's consultation process on WCML Track Access Rights.

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Manchester Metrolink - Systems integration of extensions and improvements

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Investment in Manchester Metrolink will bring substantial improvement in the existing infrastructure through a System Enhancement Program and through network extensions under Phase 3a and 3b. GHD is taking a leadership role in the systems engineering and integration that will enable the entire system to operate effectively. Mapping the scope and architecture of the extensions and improvements onto existing system architecture allows the interfaces to be understood and managed.

One key enhancement is the introduction of a new Line of Sight (LoS) signalling system across both the existing and extended sections of the network. This creates interface challenges between the LoS signalling contractor, the existing operator/maintainer and the Phase 3a and 3b infrastructure contractors. GHD is helping to manage these so that safety and acceptable service levels are maintained during construction and so the system operates efficiently as an integrated whole when completed.

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Contactor’s Engineering Manager Role London Bridge Redevelopment

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GHD is the Contractor's Engineering Manager (CEM) for the Principal Contractor delivering a transformation of the London Bridge station. Network Rail (NR) is transforming London Bridge, the UK’s fourth busiest station. The current 9 terminating and 6 through platforms will become 6 terminating and 9 through platforms, allowing large increases in train capacity, particularly Thameslink services. Station passenger capacity will be increased by two thirds.

Each design team discipline appoints a nominated Contractor’s Responsible Engineer (CRE), responsible for signing off the designs for their discipline and company. As NR’s Principal Contractor, Costain appointed GHD as Contractor’s Engineering Manager (CEM), managing all the CRE's.

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London Underground – S7 and S8 - Programme Delivery Engineering

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GHD played a key role in the London Underground’s (LU) largest ever upgrade, that of its Metropolitan, District, Hammersmith & City, and Circle lines.

The upgrade included a fleet of new ‘S Stock’ trains and the infrastructure enabling works for these longer trains, incorporating signalling /immunisation works, platform extensions and the upgrade of station systems, depots and sidings.

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John Dutton

John Dutton

John is an energetic individual who is confident within the business, engineering and management environments. A proven business and project manager who is capable of handling complex and difficult situations, at all levels within the business and project environment, simultaneously. A commercially astute and focused manager who has an ability to bring out the best from team members to ensure delivery of business or client objectives.

Position: Operating Centre Manager - UK/Europe
Tel: +44 203 077 7934

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Andrew Collinson

Andrew Collinson

A Chartered Engineer and Chartered Director, Andy has worked in a number of countries including the Middle East, Australia, the UK, Ireland, Africa, New Zealand and Eastern Europe. His 29 years in the Transport sector include more than 20 years in rail. His varied project experience includes multidisciplinary design leadership of the eastern end of the UK's Channel Tunnel Rail Link, leadership of the concept development of the new Kings Cross Thameslink Underground Station and acting as the UK Rail Regulator's strategic advisor on Asset Knowledge Management.

Position: Business Leader Rail 
Tel: +44 1904 436 101

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Jeremy Blake

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Jeremy has more than 25 years' infrastructure development, design and implementation experience. He is a Chartered Civil Engineer with a background in the design and implementation of major bridge and infrastructure projects. Jeremy’s rail bridge experience includes inspection, structural assessment and checking, maintenance and strengthening schemes and design & construction of new builds. He has also held a variety of technical, commercial and business development roles including the implementation of new service offerings. He has led commercial negotiations on major contracts including claims resolution and the development of private finance.

Position: Commercial and Business Development Manager
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Colin McNicol

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Colin has more than 20 years of experience in the construction industry, predominantly in the rail sector.  Colin has successfully delivered a variety track renewal and infrastructure projects and has also managed the development of training packages and organisational change.  Colin is a proven team leader, experienced in large multidisciplinary projects.

As a Service Group Manager Colin is responsible for strategy development, business development, delivery and line management for the Business Constuling service lines; Asset Knowledge & Information, Asset Management Consulting, Change Value & Innovation and Project & Programme Management.

Position: Service Group Manager, Business Consulting
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                         Richard Spence

Richard Spence

Richard is an experienced and knowledgeable railway engineer with more than 25 years' experience in the rail industry. Richard has specialist knowledge of railway systems and rolling stock engineering with experience on a variety of rolling stock and railway projects.

Position: Service Group Manager, Engineering
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Steve Curtis

Steve Curtis

Steve is an experienced rail professional, with skills in capacity & crowding analysis, timetable development, revenue forecasting, cost modelling and performance analysis. During Steve's 10 years in the rail industry, he has contributed to numerous franchise bids for a variety of operators, working in both the commercial and operational teams. His skills mean he is a valuable asset at all stages of the bid: using his and his team’s commercial and timetabling skills to help build the franchise strategy; during the bid to build the detail around that strategy, through complex compliant models such as the Revenue Forecasting Model; and during the final stages to refine the bid and check it for compliance.

Steve also has extensive experience working within the DfT, particularly during the allocation of new and cascaded rolling stock as part of the HLOS capacity schemes: using industry models such as NMF to test the where the stock is required at a high level; testing the effectiveness of the proposed solution in more detail; and building cost comparator models during negotiations with TOCs Steve is also an advanced user of MOIRA, MOIRA2 and TrainPlan.

Position: Service Group Manager, Transport Strategy and Planning
Tel: +44 203 077 7921

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GHD Library

GHD library is made up of relevant resources to the United Kingdom.