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High speed rail​

The development of high speed rail systems is universally considered as a stimulus for economic growth and a sustainable response to population growth, increased travel demand, and transport capacity constraints.

Our breadth of skills and experience has enabled us to use a multinational and multidisciplinary study team to support the India Government’s aspiration for high speed rail in northern India.

We're engaged on mega high speed rail projects around the world. We have the depth and breadth of experience to support any aspect of planning, design, engineering and environmental activities required to deliver sustainable rail systems.

Mott MacDonald has had key roles on UK High Speed 1, Taiwan’s Taipei to Kaohsiung system, China’s expanding network and HSL Zuid in the Netherlands. Building on this portfolio we also have key roles on UK High Speed 2 and have supported the Indian Government’s study of rail routes in northern India.

High speed rail in California

In North America, we've been managing the engineering, environmental, and public consultation activity on the Palmdale to Los Angeles section of the California High Speed Train Project. Our integrated team and approach to project management has delivered fully compliant CEQA/NEPA alternatives analysis supporting the selection of a preferred alignments and station locations.

We've also undertaken engineering design on the Fresno to Palmdale section meeting the unique challenges presented by the topographic and seismic characteristics of the Tehachapi Mountains and Mojave desert.


With more than 1,500 professionals engaged on rail work globally, we can cover all aspects of high speed rail development in any location. Key services include:

  • Demand analysis and economic evaluation
  • Environmental assessment and sustainability appraisal
  • Route alignment design
  • Track form choice
  • Noise and vibration evaluation
  • Structures and tunnels
  • Tunnel aerodynamics and ventilation
  • Train control systems and rolling stock
  • Operations and maintenance
  • Safety assurance
  • Design assurance

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