Mott MacDonald Group

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Company overview

Mott MacDonald Group’s work in the rail industry dates back to the 1900s, when it was involved in the construction of the City and South London Railway. Today, its expert teams deliver a range of rail engineering consultancy and advisory services, working across 35 global offices.

These multidisciplinary teams specialise in rolling stock, railways systems, rail operations, asset management, and infrastructure renewal and upgrade. Covering every mode of rail transport, their services include:

  • Trackform.
  • Alignment.
  • Train control.
  • Telecommunications.
  • Signalling.
  • Rolling stock.
  • Operations.
  • Safety assurance systems.
    And more.

With its team of industry experts, Mott MacDonald Group recognises the critical importance of assurance, systems integration, and safety. It is able to address its clients’ concerns in these areas, supporting industry leaders like Crossrail and HS2 Ltd.

Freight rail

With over 100 years of freight experience, Mott MacDonald Group supports a range of heavy haul logistics and infrastructure projects. Its team is equipped to work with:

  • Governments (both local and national).
  • Transport operators.
  • Industry.
  • Mining houses.
  • Developers.
  • Utility providers.
  • Contractors.
  • Commercial companies.
  • Funding agencies.
  • Banks.
  • Non-governmental organisations.

The Mott MacDonald team works closely with these clients, delivering tailored consultancy services that cover the full project life cycle. Whether its professionals are providing project management support or an inspection report, they remain focused on their customers’ needs – all while expertly managing interfaces across the whole freight transport corridor. The result is a powerful, integrated heavy haul transport solution, designed to help freight organisations realise their ideas.

Capabilities include: planning, finance and economics, systems assurance, management and maintenance, infrastructure management, design, operations and franchising, systems engineering, civil engineering.

Skills include: train control and communications, AC and DC electrification, signalling, permanent way, stations, rolling stock, maritime and ports, mining, roads and civil infrastructure.

Light rapid transport (LRT)

Mott MacDonald Group supports clients with the delivery of LRT projects (including tram-trains) across the globe. To date, its portfolio includes Docklands Light Railway and Copenhagen Metro.

Services include: asset management and asset audits, development of business cases, advice on contracts and procurement, detailed design and system specification, development and operation of depot facilities, demand and revenue forecasts, design development, feasibility studies, and more.

Mott MacDonald Group is an industry leader in the field, and has been named the Global Light Rail Awards’ ‘Supplier of the Year’ for 10 of the last 11 years.

Metro systems

Drawing on impressive transport technology expertise, the Mott MacDonald team helps clients to design and develop services for metros and other systems.

Working closely with both public and private sector organisations, its consultants deliver:

  • Studies assessing transport networks (either current or proposed).
  • Optimisation of route alignments.
  • Advice on demand and feasibility.
  • Revenue forecasting.
  • Advice on financing and economics.
  • Advice on a transport plan’s strategic effects (accessibility/modal split).
  • Modelling of a transport plan’s operational effects.
  • Human factors studies.


Drawing on 10 years of experience in the field, Mott MacDonald’s consultants can undertake feasibility studies, provide technical advice, supervise construction, and provide engineering consultancy services. Its team also specialises in systems integration, independent checking, operation, maintenance, and independent testing and commissioning assessment.

Rail operations

Whether it is providing systems support or specifying operational requirements, Mott MacDonald’s world-renowned operations team helps clients to realise their objectives.

Areas of expertise: railway legislation, support with franchise bidding, safety (operational and occupational), planning of resources, business cases, and budgets, development and operation of terminals, train control systems, utilisation and specification of rolling stock, and more.

Rail systems

Mott MacDonald supports the safe, efficient operation of rail and metro schemes, delivering a comprehensive range of services in this field.

Areas of expertise:

  • System development.
  • System optimisation (to improve capacity and efficiency).
  • Performance modelling.
  • Availability, maintainability, reliability, and human factors.
  • Systems/safety assurance.

Safety and reliability

Mott MacDonald’s expert team works to ensure that Metro systems remain safe and reliable, specialising in:

  • Independent assessment of safety cases.
  • Evaluation of risks.
  • Operator training needs.
  • Tunnel ventilation/fire safety.
  • Safety and risk management.

Stations and lines

Mott MacDonald’s design team specialises in everything from metro stations to interchange facilities, upgrades, and refurbishments.

  • Structural.
  • Civil.
  • Electrical and mechanical.

Traction and rolling stock

With in-depth knowledge of rail operations, rolling stock, depot design, and maintenance, the Mott MacDonald team helps clients to optimise performance.

Services (which cover every vehicle type, from metros to high-speed units) include: specification, procurement, design and build, maintenance, asset management, operations, and maintenance depots.

Key projects

Suburban Rail Loop, Victoria, Australia.

Mott MacDonald delivered technical and engineering support, planning advice, digital and data analytics, and more.

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Arden Cross project, West Midlands, UK.

Mott MacDonald provided development frameworks, business case, and delivery advice.

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