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Railway operations

By taking a systems approach to the railway environment, consultants can help clients deliver their specific objectives, mitigating any risks and ensuring value for money is achieved.

Benefits extend from specifying operational requirements for new and existing railways to supporting clients with legacy and new technology systems.

Our client-focused approach means we ensure we meet our clients' unique needs and expectations every time.

Mott MacDonald's railway operations capability is at the forefront of the industry. Our dedicated operations team has achieved recognition from clients all over the world for providing pragmatic and innovative solutions across all aspects of railway operations.

Examples of our services include these:

  • Application of railway legislation
  • Operational and occupational safety
  • Franchise bidder support
  • Resource planning, budgeting, and business case
  • Passenger and freight service terminal development and operation
  • Train service planning, modelling and capacity utilization
  • Infrastructure project evaluation
  • Train control system
  • Rolling stock specification and utilization
  • Train service delivery
  • Train performance analysis and audit
  • Experienced operations line management support
  • Engineering design and performance improvement

We are uniquely placed to advise on tools such as the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS), having been commissioned to develop operating rules and training material for clients worldwide.

Our client-focused approach means we ensure we meet our clients' unique needs and expectations every time.

International freight operations

Mott MacDonald has undertaken several major international freight projects. This included developing the operational concepts and requirements to specify the required infrastructure. We've written operational safety procedures and rules to facilitate the mobilization of new freight routes, including those operating under ERTMS conditions.

Franchise support​

Our expertise in passenger train provision has resulted in us providing operational support for a number of franchise bidders. Our experience has allowed us to provide expertise in train crew, control, station resource and deployment strategies, performance analysis, capacity analysis, contingency planning, and safety legislation.

Infrastructure schemes

We were operational advisor for the feasibility stage of the Northern Hub project. The team, taking the timetable specification, ensured the engineering designs were operable and supported the required capacity levels. We also led the timetable development of the Bromsgrove electrification scheme and the creation of the electrification operations requirements specification for a number of routes that make up the Northern Hub.

Traffic management

Mott MacDonald is fully involved in all aspects of traffic management systems. Our operational experts have contributed to the concept of operations which included the identification of new role profiles. Supporting the Hitachi traffic management system option we identified the human/machine interfaces, contributed to the operations and training manuals and the migration plans for introduction in the UK.

General operations

We offer "hands on" service to clients. This includes undertaking audits, providing line management expertise, signal sighting, human factors task analysis, and safety/performance investigations.

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