Track renewal & upgrades


Steven Brown. Ramboll

Steve Brown

UK Market Director, Rail
T: +44 7799 864 156

Doug Green

Business Development Director Australia & NZ, Rail Systems
T: +61 473 333 823
Will Duckett. Ramboll

Will Duckett

Head of Rail, UK
T: +44 23 8081 7500

A major focus area for railway infrastructure owners is determining how to optimise their infrastructure in order to fulfil the demands for operational reliability whilst at the same time keeping maintenance costs down. As a result, very large sums are invested in renewing existing railways and at the same time, many lines are upgraded for higher speed or greater loading.

Over more than 10 years, Ramboll has participated in a large number of renewal and upgrade projects. Amongst other projects we have been involved in several extensive, multidisciplinary railway projects.

Cost-effective project planning

With strong coordination between Ramboll’s different disciplines and external stakeholders, the projects are carefully planned to minimise changes in the execution phase. This ensures that the programme and budget requirements of the project are met. Our extensive experience on a range of different projects combined with the capability to provide services covering all technical disciplines also play a decisive role in achieving this.

Close interaction with the relevant authorities and approval of projects prior to completion is essential. Ramboll has experts that are specialised within these areas and by drawing on their skills and experience, we ensure that the projects achieve all necessary approvals and are delivered on time.

We can also provide consultancy services during the development phase to assist with preparation of the business case in order to assist in securing investment.

Our competencies within track renewal and upgrades include:

  • Design of permanent way system (superstructure as well as substructure)
  • Signalling works
  • Telecommunication
  • Catenary systems and power supply
  • High voltage
  • Earthworks and drainage
  • Embankments and cuttings
  • Level crossing (road part)
  • Environmental services
  • Planning of execution
  • Inspection and construction management


Railway tracks

Track upgrade

The line between Aarhus and Hobro in Jutland, Denmark is being upgraded in preparation for high speed trains. This will help reduce travel time between Aalborg in the country’s north and Aarhus to one hour.

Reading Station area redevlopment works. Photo: Network Rail

Reading Station area redevelopment works

The six-phased redevelopment plan for Reading Station was a hugely ambitious scheme to decongest the busy rail hub. Of the two packages of work released by Network Rail, Ramboll won contracts on both.

Judges on a site visit to the Bermondsey Dive Under for the London Awards 2017. Image courtesy of ICE London

Thameslink: Bermondsey Dive Under

Rebuilding a vital section of the Thameslink rail line at Bermondsey Dive Under included track and infrastructure work, with sustainability and urban regeneration aspects. Value engineering and detailed design by Ramboll, in collaboration with main contractor, Skanska, and Network Rail, delivered significant cost benefits.

Caversham Road Bridge during construction. Ramboll

Caversham Road rail bridge replacement

Our rail specialists designed a major rail bridge in Berkshire for BAM Nuttall and Network Rail as part of the six-year phased redevelopment of Reading Station and the surrounding rail network.

Rail renewal

Upgrades and renewals

Demands for operational reliability and lower maintenance costs give rise to many upgrade and renewal projects.

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