Client: Hyder Consulting Ltd

Year: 2013

As part of the Manchester Victoria remodelling project, Hyder Consulting Ltd commissioned SNC-Lavalin Rail & Transit to undertake the required permanent way design works for the Manchester Metrolink.

The designs were produced in accordance with Manchester Metrolink design standards and involved the provision of a dedicated design team with specialist resource as required, to enable the works to be undertaken.


  • Provision of a dedicated design team with a proven track record in delivering projects of this scope and magnitude;
  • SNC-Lavalin's ability to call on specialised team members for varying elements of the projects ranging from P-Way engineers, producing the track alignment, through to rolling stock engineers undertaking the wheel rail interface;
  • Key staff knowledge, utilisation and application of TfGM standards;
  • SNC-Lavalin's knowledge and application of the TfGM approval process;
  • SNC-Lavalin maintained a presence within the Hyder Consulting Ltd office over the course of the project to provide an integrated working team to ensure a robust design was delivered to the client.

Project Activities

  • Review of preliminary design documentation
  • Track walkout and component identification
  • Track alignment design (running rail)
  • Gauging assessment (DKE for both high and low level DKE)
  • Calculation of proposed platform dimensions and stepping distances
  • Track component specification (plain line and S&C)
  • Wheel rail interface
  • Assessment of vehicle sighting lines
  • Interface with external parties
  • Provision of P-Way CRE

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