Light Rail & Railways

The rail industry is faced with a challenging period ahead, with the need to control problems such as delays, capacity and overcrowding. The recent boom in passenger numbers, coupled with the promise of massive infrastructure investment from government, will make effective management even more difficult.

The provision of rail infrastructure worldwide provides us with many opportunities for the use of our key skills:

  • Track Routings
  • Track installation
  • Signalling
  • Electrification
  • Stations

Major worldwide investment in railways demonstration the importance of this sector to the Low Carbon world.

Ireland

Transport 21 is a capital investment framework under the National Development Plan through which the transport system in Ireland will be developed, over the period 2006 to 2015. This framework will address the twin challenges of past investment backlogs and continuing growth in transport demand

Transport 21 is made up of two investment programmes – a national programme and a programme for the Greater Dublin area. The main objectives of the national programme are: -

  • Creating a high quality, efficient national road and rail network consistent with the objectives of the National Spatial Strategy
  • Providing for a significant increase in public transport use in provincial cities
  • Strengthening national, regional and local public transport services
  • Enhancing  safety and security facilities at the regional airports

The main objectives of the programme for the Greater Dublin Area are -

  • To develop Metro North and Metro West
  • To construct the Suburban Rail Interconnector providing a tunnelled link between Heuston Station and the Docklands, via St. Stephen’s Green and linking with the Northern line
  • Extending the LUAS network to the Docklands, Citywest, Bray and construct a new line from St Stephen's Green to Liffey Junction (joining the two existing LUAS lines), and construct a new line from Lucan to the City Centre
  • Developing the bus network to create a meshed network of services and reorient it to take account of the rail developments described above
  • To create a network of interchange points across the network to allow users transfer easily
  • To introduce a smartcard integrated ticket which can be used on all public transport services
  • Developing park and ride facilities at carefully chosen locations
  • To implement a phased programme of demand management measures
  • Introducing an integrated public transport information system
  • Completing the upgrade of the M50

The UK

Crossrail in London will be the largest single addition to London and the South East's transport infrastructure in 50 years providing huge scope for opportunity in the industry whilst Metro North in Dublin is following on from the Luas extensions to broaden networks within these capital cities.

South Africa

The Gautrain in South Africa has recently been completed linking the O.R Tambo Airport to Johannesburg.

The rail industry not only has a key role to play in delivering government's carbon reduction targets, but, in the current economic climate, investment in key infrastructure projects can also help economies to weather the gathering storm.

Portfolio Entries in Light Rail & Railways

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We have worked on transportation projects for over 5 years including the construction and renewal of tracks on both rail and tram networks.