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Rail planning & operations

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to influence decision-making in the UK rail sector? Or to work internationally, planning new rail infrastructure projects? If so, this could be the place for you. We currently have opportunities at all levels to join our Rail Planning & Operations Practice, advising clients such the DfT, Train Operating Companies, Network Rail, among many others. We have a broad and expanding portfolio of projects both in the UK and internationally, covering major infrastructure schemes, rail franchise technical advice, demand forecasting, operational and financial analysis, and much more.

Whether it’s high profile rail franchise procurements, or the development of bespoke analytical tools to forecast the impact of a new station, Atkins has the variety and complexity of projects to meet your needs. Our people come from a range of backgrounds, but share a common desire to shape the future of rail. Why don’t you come and see for yourself what Atkins can do for your career?

Antonio Beltran Arranz

I’ve been a Graduate Transport Planner with Atkins for a month now,
and I’ve already had some great experiences.I work with the 
Rail Planning and Operations team,and we’re really looking ahead
to the future of transport and working to deliver innovative solutions. 

So far I’ve been involved with some amazing projects that are all
about improving connectivity within the rail network. We’re working to make transport better for millions of customers, and I’ve been given real responsibilities to help develop my skills and career.
I value working with a team of experts who inspire and motivate me and I’m excited to be working on such state-of-the-art projects that will take transportation into tomorrow. 

Tom Dunn

I’ve been with the Atkins Rail Planning and Operations team for over a year now, but from day one I was welcomed as a valued member of the team. As a Graduate Transport Planner I do something different every day, and it’s always challenging and stimulating. I might be doing modelling work one day and then helping to prepare a project bid the next.

For me it’s interesting and exciting to work on high-profile projects
that will help to improve millions of people’s journeys every day.
It’s a great feeling to know that you’re part of making that difference to so many lives and that you’re working at the forefront of the future of transportation.

Christopher Gribble

With Atkins I’ve worked on some of the highest profile projects in the 
industry over the past two years. I’ve evaluated bids for one of the largest rail franchises ever contracted by the government, developed financial incentive mechanisms, and I’ve even led meetings between the government and a train operator to negotiate a major new franchise extension – using a financial model of the franchise that I’d built! 

I’ve also helped to identify and prioritise options for the next franchise on a major UK intercity network and I’ve been involved in evaluating the economic cases for projects like East West Rail. So it’s very varied and challenging work at the forefront of thinking in transport planning,and you’re given real responsibilities from the very start to ensure your professional development.

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