Firm will help with Washington-Boston modernisation

Network Rail’s consultancy arm has broken into the US market with an appointment to Amtrak’s North East Corridor Partner Forum. The company will provide advice to Amtrak on the modernisation of ageing infrastructure connecting cities including Washington, New York and Boston.

The corridor is the busiest passenger railway in America, serving eight states, 750,000 passengers and over 2,000 commuter, intercity, and freight trains each day. Amtrak’s studies show the existing infrastructure is being used to the limits of its capabilities. It has set up the forum to develop solutions covering areas including high speed rail development, railway operations and system integration.

The programme has been targeted by Network Rail Consulting due to similarities with the mix of services, age of infrastructure and high levels of capacity utilisation on Britain’s intercity lines.

“The NEC Partner Forum is a good fit for our business and will allow us to share valuable experience in developing pioneering approaches in asset management and the successful delivery of large and complex capital projects,” said Simon Kirby, Network Rail managing director of infrastructure projects and chairman of Network Rail Consulting.

Amtrak’s vision for the NEC is for a major upgrade to create a high capacity, high performance railway. It will accommodate increased and improved commuter, intercity and freight services, augmented by dedicated high speed trains on new and existing lines that allow major increases in train frequencies and improvements in journey time.

“I expect Network Rail will bring valuable experience to the forum and make a significant contribution as Amtrak sets out on its vision for high speed rail,” commented Stephen Gardner, Amtrak vice-president of North East Corridor infrastructure and investment development.

 

This article appears in the latest issue of Passenger Transport.
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