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COWI is a leading international specialist in railway engineering and has successfully completed several major rail projects all over the world.

Services cover the entire project life cycle from feasibility, through preliminary to final design, supervision, operation and maintenance.
COWI provides strong expertise within the railway disciplines such as:

  • Permanent way 
  • Signalling systems 
  • Operational rules 
  • Power supply 
  • Catenary systems 
  • Telecommunication 
  • Infrastructure for all civil works disciplines 
  • Rolling stock.

We combine this with extensive project management, strategic planning, risk and safety management, procurement and tender management, environmental, social and climate assessment, transport economy and traffic projections, economic and financial studies and quality assurance.

The above services can be offered for high speed and main lines as well as suburban rail transport and station areas.

Railway specialists

Due to the wide range of services provided by COWI, our consultants have extensive experience in undertaking complex multidisciplinary railway and infrastructure projects with an emphasis on synergy of the expertise and efficient technologies.


COWI works for public railway infrastructure owners, national railway authorities as well as international donor organisations including the European Union, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, the African Development Bank and the Nordic Development Fund.

Furthermore, COWI also works as a consultant for private railway organisations, railway operators and contractors.

Recently, COWI in Africa has worked on a Mozambique resettlement action plan for a railway line and carried out a railway bridge study in Kenya.

LAST UPDATED: 25.11.2016