As our cities continue to grow, rail infrastructure will play an increasingly important role in providing lower carbon transportation for people and goods, stimulating economic regeneration and connecting people and communities.  

Through direct delivery, innovative partnering and joint venture arrangements, we deliver metro and light rail, underground, mass transit commuter, freight and heavy haul rail networks. Our multi-disciplinary experience includes programme management, civil engineering and tunnelling, and rail systems to include track construction, electrification services, signalling, and maintenance services gained through the delivery of unique rail systems in across the globe.  

In Australia, our track record in the delivery of mining infrastructure, particularly in enabling the transportation of minerals from pit to port, has made us a highly regarded partner to the world’s largest natural resource companies. Today we deliver rail infrastructure in every operating jurisdiction in our Australia Hub. 

In the UK we have delivered rail projects from rural infrastructure upgrades to ‘live’ urban interchange stations – working both above and deep underground – in a technically demanding, highly regulated sector. Our portfolio boasts projects such as the refurbishment of London’s iconic St Pancras International, Manchester Piccadilly and Sheffield’s main station. We have also played a key role in national infrastructure for Manchester Metrolink, HS2 and East West Rail, while in the capital we have delivered a number of key stations for Crossrail and London Underground.

Our experienced teams of railway engineering professionals, and specialist plant and equipment, enable us to deliver certainty on the most complex projects.

Meet our rail sector specialists

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Emma Gilchrist Sector Specialist - UK

Emma Gilchrist is Laing O​’Rourke’s infrastructure sector specialist and has worked as an engineer, design manager and bid manager.

She has developed Laing O'Rourke's UK infrastructure strategy with a focus on innovating to deliver high quality, greener infrastructure.

James Yerbury
James Yerbury General Manager Rail - Australia

For more than 20 years James has held leadership roles guiding the delivery of complex projects for government and private clients across Australia and the United Kingdom. He has played a lead role in helping to deliver major building projects including an upgrade to the globally iconic Sydney Opera House. James now leads Laing O’Rourke’s engagement with the Australian rail sector and its clients. In this role he is focused on working with the rail industry to drive a more collaborative approach to project delivery, helping to deliver greater value and certainty to our clients.

Ryan Alach
Ryan Alach General Manager, Pre-Contracts - Australia

Ryan Alach brings more than 20 years of experience managing complex projects in the infrastructure sector. Joining Laing O’Rourke in 2016, he has built a reputation as a trusted advisor for government agencies delivering key city-shaping projects in Western Australia including Elizabeth Quay and City East Alliance. Ryan has a passion for building the capacity of the West Australian supply chain, supporting local jobs and economic development and using major projects as a platform to drive greater social inclusion and develop young professionals into rewarding careers.

Our experience in rail

A timeline of some of our rail projects.

2025

More Trains More Services (MTMS) - Australia.

2024

East West Rail Phase 2 - UK.

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2024

Sydney Metro Sydenham Station Junction (SSJ) - Australia.

2024

Metronet Morley to Ellenbrook - Australia.

2023

Paramatta Light Rail - Australia.

2023

TAP 3 Tranche 2 - Australia.

2022

SEPA Cranbourne - Australia.

2022

SEPA Manchester & Maroondah - Australia.

2022

SEPA Hallam Road - Australia.

2022

Sydney Metro Central Station Main Works - Australia.

2022

HS2 enabling works (area North) - UK.

2021

Flinders Link Rails Extension - Australia.

2012-2021

Crossrail - Tottenham Court Road, Liverpool Street, Custom House and Canary Wharf - UK.

2021

SEPA Glenferrie Road and Tooronga - Australia.

2021

Northern Line extension - UK.

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2020

North Shore Corridor Works - Australia.

2020

MTM Track Renewals - Australia.

2020

Main Northland North Shore Corridor Works Project - Australia.

2009-2020

Manchester Metrolink - Trafford Park Line, Second City Crossing, Manchester Airport Line, Oldham-Rochdale Line, East Manchester Line, South Manchester Line, Media City - UK.

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2019

Sydney Light Rail Early Works - Australia.

2019

SEPA Toorak Road - Australia.

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2019

NSW Easy Access - Australia.

2018

Novorail Alliance - Australia.

2018

Torrens Rail Junction Project - Australia.

2018

Perth Stadium Station - Australia.

2018

NEPA Lower Plenty Road, Rosanna - Australia.

2018

NEPA Grange Road, Alphington - Australia.

2017

Wynyard Station Upgrade NSW - Australia.

2017

Bond Street underground station.

2017

Wickenham Transport Interchange Project - Australia.

2016

New Generation Rollingstock Train Maintenance Facility - Australia

2016

Stafford area improvement programme - UK.

2013

Adelaide Electrification Project - Australia.

2012

Farringdon station redevelopment - UK.

2012

Sunbury Electrification - Australia.

2012

Adelaide Metropolitan Railway SA

2008

Hornsby Platform 5 and Stabling project - Australia.

2005

Chatswood Transport Interchange - Australia

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Northern Line Extension

The first extension of the tube network this century provides easy access to 25,...

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Manchester Metrolink

The largest light rail network in the UK, Manchester Metrolink’s success was roo...

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East West Rail

Atkins, Laing O'Rourke and Volker Rail form the three-strong alliance - East Wes...

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Parramatta Light Rail: Supply, Operate and Maintain

Lessons learned from global light rail projects have enabled new efficiencies an...

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Sydney Central Station Metro

When Laing O’Rourke was awarded a contract for the delivery of major, new featur...

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South Eastern Program Alliance

In community engagement, health and safety, value, supply chain management, coll...

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