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Light rapid transit

From the traditional tramway (or streetcar in the USA), to fully segregated and automated systems such as London’s Docklands Light Railway, to tram-train systems which share infrastructure with heavy rail networks such as those in Karlsruhe, Germany – our portfolio of light rapid transit systems is wide-ranging.

Light rapid transit vehicles can negotiate sharper curves and steeper gradients than main line railways.

Light rapid transit (LRT) vehicles can negotiate sharper curves and steeper gradients than main line railways. They blend seamlessly into the urban environment and create no street-level pollution by using electrical power. Good acceleration and short stopping distances allow stops to be placed in convenient positions while the system provides a fast and frequent service. LRT systems are beneficial in that they:

  • Provide a reliable and efficient service, avoiding traffic congestion
  • Often provide easy access to city centres, running right into pedestrianised areas, without the hassle of parking requirements
  • Offer a quiet, smooth and comfortable journey in an aesthetically-pleasing vehicle
  • Are environmentally friendly (there are zero emissions at street level)
  • Provide a safe, affordable, high capacity service
  • Often have interchanges with other forms of public transport
  • Can operate underground, overground, at ground level, on steep gradients and around tight corners
  • Offer close tolerance docking, to allow passengers to board and exit easily and fully comply with disabled passengers' access requirements

We deliver leading edge LRT expertise. We've amassed an impressive track record in delivering LRT projects which means we’re well positioned to advise on all aspects of the development and integration of projects from conceptual planning and application for powers through to contract preparation, construction, commissioning and post- maintenance. Our commitment is reflected in our ongoing success and award wins.

The scope of services we provide includes:

  • Asset audits
  • Business case development
  • Contract and procurement advice
  • Detailed design and system specification
  • Demand and revenue forecasts
  • Due diligence
  • Feasibility studies and design development
  • Funding agreements and applications
  • Operations and maintenance including depots
  • Promotion of planning applications
  • Project and programme management
  • Rolling stock
  • Scheme costing and appraisal
  • Strategic area-wide planning
  • Traffic engineering, transport planning and modelling
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