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Railway operations

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.

We are uniquely placed to advise on tools such as ERTMS and TMS having been commissioned to develop operating rules and training material for clients worldwide.

Our capability extends from specifying the operational requirements for new and existing railways to supporting clients with legacy and new technology systems. By taking a systems approach to the railway environment, we're able to help clients by delivering all their specific objectives, mitigating any risks and ensuring value for money is achieved.

Examples of the services we offer are:

  • 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 utilisation
  • Infrastructure scheme evaluation
  • Train control system
  • Rolling stock specification and utilisation
  • 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 ERTMS and TMS having been commissioned to develop operating rules and training material for clients worldwide.

Our client focused approach means we ensure we meet our client’s 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. Timetable and RailSys analysis to support the capacity specification. We've also written operational safety procedures and rules to facilitate the mobilisation of new freight routes which include 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 which 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 TMS option we identified the human/machine interfaces, contributed to the operations and training manuals and the migration plans for UK TMS introduction.

General operations

We offer a '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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