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Network Rail links with Atkins, CH2M Hill for international consultancy

Network Rail has announced it will form strategic alliances with CH2M HILL and Atkins under a new international rail consultancy business.

The move is part of a wider move for reform within the rail body, and Network Rail Consulting will now offer consultancy services in Advisory; Strategic planning; Asset management; Operations and maintenance and Capital projects.

Network Rail launched its new infrastructure projects arm in April this year under managing director Simon Kirby.

Network Rail chief executive David Higgins said: “Our vision is to be a world-class independent British-based infrastructure group that is internationally respected for providing rail services and solutions that deliver outstanding value, responsibly.

“Since the privatisation of the rail industry, Britain has not had a national rail champion operating in the international market. Network Rail has the depth and breadth of rail experience and knowledge to promote British expertise overseas and become a valuable international ambassador for our rail industry and for UK plc.

As well as forming aliances with Atkins and CH2M HILL, Network Rail said in a statement that there will “also be opportunities to team with other consultants elsewhere” in markets including Brazil, northern Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Australia.

Network Rail Consulting managing director Nigel Ash said: “Network Rail has internationally-valuable experience in developing innovative and pioneering approaches in asset management, and the successful delivery of large and complex capital projects, such as the Kings Cross redevelopment and the first stage of Thameslink

“In addition, we look after one of the most heavily used railways in the world, on largely Victorian infrastructure. Despite these challenges, our railway carries more people on more trains than ever before, with improving levels of punctuality.

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