SYSTRA has been at the forefront of railway planning and engineering in the UK for many decades. We are influential in the design, construction and operation of the UK rail network – helping to create train services and infrastructure that meet changing passenger, operator and government demands, while supporting the underlying commercial processes.

Creating a UK rail infrastructure fit for the future

Rail owners and operators in the UK must constantly develop, modernise and upgrade the rail network and train services against a backdrop of constrained public-sector finances. Reduced commuting in the wake of the pandemic has altered rail usage, meaning train services need to adapt to appeal to a wider range of passengers. At the same time, the railway network needs to become more climate change resilient, while reducing carbon emissions from traction and infrastructure.

SYSTRA is a multi-disciplinary rail consulting and engineering specialist. Our rail sector expertise, gained over many decades, enables us to continuously reinvent, adapt and reimagine rail services and infrastructure to meet existing and emerging challenges.

SYSTRA has vast experience of designing and modernising conventional rail lines to increase capacity and speed, while enhancing rail decarbonisation and climate change resilience.

Multi-disciplinary support for rail enhancement projects

SYSTRA leads the way in developing, modernising and updating the rail network in the UK. We work on a wide range of projects in the rail sector, including the design and construction of new lines and the expansion and improvement of existing ones.

Working across a range of roles, from Consultant, Engineer, Lead Designer to Alliance Partner and Construction Partner, SYSTRA is able to add value at all stages of rail project delivery.

Our railway engineering services are informed by our deep understanding of railway assets and how to maintain them efficiently and cost-effectively. In addition, our specialist knowledge of design, integration and operation enables our clients to deliver much-needed improvements to rail services and capacity, while minimising disruption to passengers, reducing operating costs and improving efficiencies.

Rail commercial and procurement support

Our dedicated rail teams provide innovative, safe and collaborative solutions for clients. We deliver consultancy, design and construction services through the entire project lifecycle. We are a centre of excellence in rail passenger demand research, helping our clients to develop rail infrastructure projects that meet real-world requirements.

We support clients with feasibility studies and business case development, to help attract funding and gain stakeholder support, while developing rail infrastructure that is affordable, deliverable and future-orientated. Our expertise extends to fares and ticketing strategies, to reduce complexity for passengers and increase ridership.

Rail infrastructure design, delivery and maintenance

Our knowledge and experience of conventional rail enables us to design ‘minimum viable product’ solutions to meet client requirements, with operations and maintenance factored into the design.

Clients rely on us to provide a full suite of site, project and contract management services to oversee the timely delivery of rail development works. We provide ongoing maintenance services to ensure our rail infrastructure projects continue to fulfil their efficiency, safety and environmental objectives.

Working in partnership with UK rail

Major rail infrastructure schemes are highly complex, affect large numbers of stakeholders and require safety-driven designs, implemented in challenging operational environments. We have a track record of addressing all of these challenges, by creating strong working partnerships with our government and private sector clients.

Our clients are among the key rail providers in the UK. They include Network Rail, Department for Transport (DfT), Transport Scotland, Transport for Wales and Transport for London (TfL). We also work with delivery contractors, consultants and other rail service providers.

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