Network Rail Consulting Wins Contract to Boost California's High-Speed Rail Project

Network Rail Consulting Wins Contract to Boost California's High-Speed Rail Project

Network Rail Consulting’s US subsidiary, Network Rail Consulting Inc (NRIC) has been awarded a $73.2m (£57.5m) contract to provide systems engineering services to California’s High-Speed Rail Programme.

This marks a significant step forward in the construction of the first dedicated high-speed railway in the USA, with trains reaching speeds of 200 mph and connecting major Californian cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sacramento, and San Diego.

Network Rail Consulting, brings extensive expertise to the project, having been involved in its development since 2015.

Nigel Ash, NRIC chief executive and global managing director, expressed enthusiasm for continuing their support: "Having been involved in the development of the California High-Speed Rail Programme since 2015, we’re delighted to have the opportunity to continue our support to the California High-Speed Rail Authority to help deliver this important investment that is poised to be one of the most transformative infrastructure programs in U.S. history.”

The contract will see Network Rail Consulting working closely with the California High-Speed Rail Authority through May 2029, providing a wide range of critical services, including asset management, rail engineering oversight, design and network integration.

NRIC also confirmed that it will support the project all the way through to the commissioning and certification stage.

NRIC will be joined by a team of international and local partners, including Egis, Ricardo, and six California-based companies. This collaboration ensures diverse expertise and a strong understanding of the local landscape.

Network Rail Consulting will be joined by a team of international and local partners, including Egis, Ricardo, and six California-based companies.

The news follows the announcement of the shortlisted companies for the project’s rolling stock. Alstom and Siemens Mobility were both shortlisted and will submit their request for proposals in the coming months before the Californian High Speed Rail Authority awards the contract. The contract will also include full maintenance of the train-sets for 30 years.

Photo: California High-Speed Rail Authority

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