Consultants WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll have joined the LFM joint venture comprising contractors Laing O’Rourke, FCC Construction and Murphy, as joint design partner.
In an announcement, LFM said the firms would provide design services including tunnelling, earthworks, structures, highways and viaducts as it prepares to bid for work on major rail infrastructure projects, not least High Speed 2 (HS2).
WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff has already had involvement in HS2 with design work on phase one rail system engineering. It also worked internationally on the Cologne-Rhine Main Line, Taiwan High Speed Railway and California High Speed Rail. In addition Ramboll has worked Norway’s new high speed rail line, the upgrade of Denmark’s rail signalling system to ERTMS, and the world’s longest road/rail tunnel at Fehmarnbelt in Denmark.
“We are looking forward to applying our combined experience in designing, planning and engineering rail projects internationally to support LFM,” said WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff and Ramboll JV project director Peter Humphreys. “We have a long standing relationship with the members of the LFM JV, where we’ve worked together on UK rail projects such as most recently on Manchester Metrolink.”