The Rail Engineering business service is "systems" led in
approach and closely aligned with our other Service Lines so that
there is always a focus on the business needs of our clients.
Our team has skills in all of the specific railway engineering
disciplines including track, signalling and control systems,
communication systems, rolling stock, traction power distribution
systems, and associated civil and structural engineering, depots
and stations. Our strength is gained through the consolidation of
experience across all aspects of railway engineering and
operations, allowing us to provide a truly integrated solution for
We place considerable emphasis on developing our capabilities in
line with the needs of our clients, enabling us to develop new
ideas and identify innovative and cost effective solutions. Our
value is founded on the skills and experience of our team, many of
whom have held senior industry posts and bring a high level of
corporate understanding to their responsiveness, approach and
- Railway safety
- Systems engineering
- Infrastructure engineering
- Engineering advisory
GHD assists clients in maintaining and improving the safety of
their railway operations and activities. Whilst maintaining the
absolute priority in the implementation of, and planning for,
railway construction, a balance must also be found between
conflicting demands such as minimising disruption to the
operational railway, minimising cost and minimising the risk of
possession overruns. The GHD team has a broad experience of railway
construction, allowing them to find this balance.
GHD’s railway systems engineering is a multi-faceted service
aimed at conception, design and implementation of all types of
transportation systems. This service is focused on assisting the
client through the full project life cycle, from feasibility,
systems concept and definition to scheme development and assurance.
We believe that early, structured and determined focus on systems
integration is a vital component of successful multidisciplinary
rail projects. Our expert systems engineering team retains
interfacing capability to ensure that a multi-disciplinary system
design operates as a functional whole, meeting the clients high
level requirements whilst providing the assurance required to
deliver a safe, reliable and practical service.
GHD's infrastructure engineering team enables clients in
the passenger and rail freight haulage transport industry, react
positively to changing transportation trends by identifying
innovative and cost effective solutions to the expansion of both
mainline and freight links and the management of existing
Our engineering advisory services are delivered from the
perspective of understanding in the first instance the business
need for the engineering activity. That understanding is developed
from an appreciation of the functional and performance requirement
of the transport system or infrastructure being developed. The
service embraces all of the above and our Railway Operations and
Asset Management Service Lines.
Manchester Metrolink - Systems
Integration of Extensions and Improvements
Investment in Manchester Metrolink will bring substantial
improvement in the existing infrastructure through a System
Enhancement Program and through extensions to the network under
GHD is taking a leadership role in systems engineering and
integration that will enable the entire system to operate
effectively as it develops.
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Persimmon Homes (South Yorkshire) Ltd -
Manor Farm Development, Doncaster, Railway Interface Issues
Persimmon Homes was appealing against a previous planning
refusal for mixed development of a large area of land adjacent to
the Doncaster – Lincoln railway line. One of the main reasons
given for the planning refusal was local concern about the safety
of two unmanned User Worked Level Crossings.
GHD examined the sites and researched the previous planning
history, the history of railway level crossing accidents in the
area and considered a wide range of relevant safety legislation,
guidelines, reports and other related documentation. From this GHD
formed a view as to a preferred solution that would be likely to
secure approval from Network Rail and subsequently the Planning
Authority, by securing substantial improvements in railway safety,
despite increased usage and rail traffic in the future.
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Commercial Estate Management - Manse
GHD was engaged to undertake a business case for building
a new station near Knaresborough. This analysis informed key
decision makers in their consideration of the proposed site of new
housing in the Harrogate and Knaresborough area.
GHD was engaged by the property developer to examine rail
access and service options for a new station on a site directly
east of Knaresborough. The Leeds – Harrogate – York line passes
along the northern edge of the development site, with 17 trains
each way each day. However, the route is severely constrained with
single line sections and level crossings, and the station site is
in close proximity to the existing Knaresborough station.
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Westfield Group - White City Development
- Systems Integration
The White City Development is the largest inner city shopping
complex in Europe, stretching White City Station along Wood Lane,
Shepherd’s Bush and to the motorway spur road from the M40 into the
West of London.
The development scope included building a new station, enhancing
the multi-modal transport links for the new complex and
refurbishment of existing stations. The site required the
demolition and relocation of existing London Underground facilities
and locations included a viaduct on the Hammersmith and City Line,
vital pumping stations and the Central Line sidings and facilities
at White City.
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Metronet Rail Assurance Engineer -
Waterloo and City Line
Working in partnership with London Underground, Metronet Rail
was responsible for upgrading, replacing and maintaining nine of
the 12 lines on the entire network and will spend £17 billion
during its 30-year contract. A major part of this investment was
the complex £40 million upgrade of the Waterloo and City Line
involving renewal of all track and signalling and completed within
a challenging timescale.
The PPP process created a significant level of infrastructure
construction activity that resulted in a very high demand for track
designs. It was of strategic importance that Metronet Rail was in a
position to be able to meet the increasing demands, prior to the
reopening of the Line in September 2006
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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
Position: Service Group Manager, Railway
Tel: +44 (0) 1904 436100
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