We established an office in Sydney in 2013 to provide our Australian and New Zealand (ANZ) clients with the full breadth of our multidisciplinary services. In April 2016 this was complemented by the opening of an office in Melbourne to support the delivery of major infrastructure projects in Victoria.

Network Rail Consulting’s objective is to demonstrate that the expertise and experience we have developed in the UK is valued around the world, to benchmark ourselves against other international railway businesses and to provide valuable learning experiences for our people. 

Australia and the UK both face significant rail infrastructure challenges in terms of developing and modernising their networks and improving system safety, capacity, efficiency and reliability.  Network Rail Consulting uses its presence in Australia and its status in the UK to generate information and best practice exchange between the two countries and to showcase British railway expertise within the region, thereby raising the profile of the whole industry.

Over the past two years the Australasian business has grown significantly and we now have a core team of 16 specialists permanently based in New South Wales and Victoria. We currently practice in areas including strategic planning, asset management, systems engineering, program management, change management and safety and assurance.   

Network Rail owns, operates and develops Britain’s railway – more than 20,000 miles of track, 6,000 level crossings, 40,000 bridges and viaducts and 2,500 stations – including the largest 18 that we manage.

In partnership with train operators we help people take more than 1.7bn journeys by rail every year - double the number of 1996 - and move hundreds of millions of tonnes of freight, saving almost 8m lorry journeys. We’re investing £50bn in the railway to deliver more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations.

Britain has one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings of any rail system in the world and is the safest railway in Europe.

Since 2002, we’ve been part of the latest chapter in the nearly 200-year history of Britain’s railway.

  • 1825 saw the first passenger service using steam locomotives on the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
  • In 1830 George Stephenson opened the first regular passenger service in the world, linking Canterbury to the seaside town of Whitstable.
  • The 1840s were the biggest decade of railway growth. A complete network was laid down with many towns and villages having a railway connection.
  • In 1883, the first electrified railway service was opened in Brighton.
  • During World War Two, Britain’s railways played a key role in the transportation of troops and evacuees around the country. The then ‘Big Four’ individual railway companies joined together to effectively become one organisation.
  • In 1948, Britain’s railways were nationalised to become British Railways.
  • From 1965 until 1994 the railway was run under the trading name of British Rail who operated and maintained all aspects of Britain’s railways – including the trains.
  • On 1 April 1994 Railtrack took control of Britain’s railway infrastructure as part of government legislation to privatise Britain’s railways. Railtrack was listed on the London Stock Exchange and the FTSE 100 list. Railtrack owned the infrastructure in the same way Network Rail does now, but maintenance and services were provided by local contractors.
  • On 3 October 2002 Network Rail replaced Railtrack making it the owners of Britain’s railway infrastructure.

Rail was invented in Britain and that’s why we’re so proud to be playing our part in its modern story, honouring this legacy while delivering a better railway for Britain’s future.

We’re committed to continuing the great success story of rail in Britain, following in the spirit of engineering inspiration, innovation and determination that underpins two centuries of history.

Key facts

Modernisation using smarter ways of working have delivered more frequent, more reliable, safer services and brighter and better stations

  • 1.7 billion passenger journeys, 29 billion tonne kilometres of freight and 7 million train movements every year
  • 18 major stations which handle over 950 million passenger journeys and 2,500 other stations - leased to train operators
  • one of the largest asset management companies in Europe, with 35,000 employees, 32,000 kilometres of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and embankments and over 40,000 signals
  • one of the biggest property portfolios in the UK with 7,400 commercial properties
  • 31 train-operating companies and 6 freight-operating companies
  • Britain’s railways are the fastest growing in Europe and also the safest.

ARANetwork Rail Consulting is a member of ARA, the Australian Railway Association.

ARA are the peak body for the rail industry throughout Australia and New Zealand. They represent an array of rail organisations: private and public, passenger and freight operators, track owners and managers, manufacturers of rolling stock, construction companies and all other organisations supplying and contributing to the Australasian rail sector.  For more information on ARA go to http://www.ara.net.au/

Network Rail Consulting has been granted Authorised Engineering Organisation (AEO) status in the disciplines of Signalling & Control Systems, Asset Management, Safety Assurance, Systems Engineering and Independent Safety Assessment (ISA) on Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) projects.

The AEO program, managed by TfNSW’s Asset Standards Authority (ASA) is intended to improve the ability of the public and private sector to collaboratively deliver and maintain NSW rail network assets faster, cheaper, better and safely. The evaluation criteria referred to as AEO requirements are based on defined competency and capability standards that cover an organisation’s level of engineering experience, process maturity and system capability.