Rail consultancy: Infrastructure

Infrastructure-related issues include track design, construction and maintenance, the accessibility of trains, platforms and stations, the platform-train interface, the built environment, and many more. Our rail consultancy services for infrastructure help improve infrastructure design, compliance, modifications and extensions.

The areas covered by our infrastructure consultancy team are:

  • Analysis of standards
  • Asset management
  • Benchmarking
  • Product development
  • Systems engineering
  • Supporting the application of standards
  • Assurance.

Our expert team has experience in:

  • Aerodynamics
  • Environmental conditions as they affect infrastructure
  • Interface risks between infrastructure and other parts of rail
  • Level crossing surfaces
  • Lineside security
  • Station infrastructure
  • Tunnels
  • Track, drainage, earthworks, and structures
  • Infrastructure for access to or along the railway
  • Structures that support equipment 
  • Standards as they apply to infrastructure

Why RSSB? 

In a complex business environment marked by strong cost pressures, we apply our knowledge and understanding so you can create improved value and achieve enhanced performance.

Having worked first-hand on the challenges that industry faces, our rail consultancy team provide considerable experience in all aspects of infrastructure. This includes substantial know-how in the engineering interfaces between the track and train, the wheel-rail interface, sustainability, and structures. 

Our seasoned infrastructure experts can help you from first principles, wherever you’re based and at any stage of your project’s lifecycle. They provide the latest thinking and knowledge to help you design from scratch, modify or extend infrastructure.

They chair and are active members of the industry’s Infrastructure Standards Committee, so your projects will benefit from the very latest in rail innovation. You can feel confident in delivering effective and sustainable change that is as safe as reasonably practicable and conforms at least to minimum legal requirements.

"We can help and advise on standardisation, requirements capture, and thought leadership due to our unique position in industry and skillsets."
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Anup Chalisey, Professional Head of Infrastructure, RSSB

Challenges in Infrastructure

Infrastructure is the physical foundation of the railway system, essential for all the moving parts to function effectively, safely, and efficiently. This means that infrastructure must be properly scoped, designed, and installed while considering current and future requirements. Well-designed, installed, operated, and maintained infrastructure is fundamental to a railway that is cost efficient, safe, and serves passengers and freight as expected.

Common challenges in infrastructure include designing and maintaining assets with sustainability in mind, adapting to a world with a changing climate, and understanding accessibility requirements. 

Once installed, infrastructure is an asset that is costly and difficult to change, so it is important that it is installed correctly first time, including consideration of its current and future use.

What we’ve done

  • Risk assessments for a light rail tram operator in a major UK city
    A light rail tram operator needed to conduct a review of common safety methods for risk evaluation and deliver recommendations to meet industry good practice. RSSB Consultancy applied expertise gained from work on the standard GEGN8646 Guidance on the Common Safety Method for Risk Evaluation and Assessment to meet this client’s needs. Read More
  • Developing user-friendly Safe Systems of Work guidebooks
    RSSB Consultancy were approached by an infrastructure company who were concerned that their Safe Systems of Work documents had become too big to consume in one sitting. Using our human factors and safety experts, we conducted an independent review before creating an improved user-friendly document. Read More
  • Horizon-scanning for UK signalling infrastructure
    A major rail infrastructure owner needed to carry out a literature review and horizon-scanning project to improve its readiness for future challenges. We were the ideal partners to work with on this because, over the past 20 years, our expertise within design, compliance, modifications, and extensions has helped to upgrade and modernise the UK rail network to meet the demands of modern transportation. Read More
  • Benchmarking company standards

    RSSB reviewed and benchmarked company standards for a company against other standards, national and international, to assess whether or not their requirements are still considered best practice.

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