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Highland Main Line win for WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

24 April - Global professional services consultancy WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has been awarded a contract to assess route speed improvements on the Highland Main Line.


The appointment by Transport Scotland will see the consultants produce a business case for rail plans to improve connectivity between Inverness and the Central Belt of Scotland.

Douglas Rushforth, project director at WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, said: “The Highland Main Line is an exciting project win for us.

“Our role will be to outline a business case for the planned journey time improvements, improved capacity and more efficient freight operations making sure that any changes to the existing line are justifiable.

“The project will be important in assessing how these changes will reduce travel times for passengers, so we look forward to seeing how our part in this will help support the next phase of improvements.”

The Highland Main Line is the main link for passengers travelling onwards to Edinburgh and Glasgow.

This project forms part of the second phase of the Highland Main Line upgrade. The first phase delivered two additional rail services which have reduced the journey time on the train line by an average 6 minutes. 

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff recently completed work on the new Edinburgh Gateway Interchange and was part of the team that refurbished Edinburgh’s Waverly Station in 2014.

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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff is one of the world's leading engineering professional services consulting firms. Our 36,000 people, based in more than 500 offices, across 40 countries provide engineering and multidisciplinary services in a vast array of industry sectors, with a focus on technical excellence and client service.

In the UK, 7,000 people (including Mouchel Consulting) provide consultancy services to all aspects of the built and natural environment working across both the public and private sectors, with local and national governments, local authorities, developers, contractors and co-professionals.

The combined business has been involved in many high profile UK projects including the Shard, Crossrail, Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, the Bullring shopping centre in Birmingham, the re-development of London Bridge Station, Manchester Metrolink, M1 Smart Motorway, and the London Olympic & Paralympic Route Network.




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