RPS has an established Rail sector which meets the challenges of the railway infrastructure programme, including planning, engineering, environmental, stakeholder and project communications.

Our design team has in-depth knowledge and experience of rail infrastructure, including safety issues and legislative frameworks.

Our multidisciplinary service includes:

Planning & Design

Railway Engineering

Environmental Impact Statements

Stakeholder & Project Communications


Bridges and viaducts



Railway Depot & Workshops

Integrated Transport Interchanges

Park & Ride Facilities

Case Studies

Kildare Route Project

Kildare Route Project Kildare Route Project

Iarnród Éireann

RPS in association with Corus Rail Consultancy was appointed by Iarnród Éireann, to provide Civil and Structural Engineering Services for the development of the Kildare Route Project (KRP).

The project extends the number of rail lines from a two to three track system between Inchicore and Cherry Orchard, and to a four-track system from Cherry Orchard to just beyond Hazelhatch station.

Specific works included the reconstruction of up to 20 overbridges, including associated embankments and highways along the route, the provision of new stations at Fonthill Road and Adamstown, the removal of a station at Cherry Orchard, and refurbishment and extension of existing stations, at Hazelhatch, Sallins, Newbridge and Kildare.

Luas Light Rail System

Luas Light Rail System in Dublin Luas Light Rail System in Dublin

Rail Procurement Agency (RPA)

RPS has prepared, in association with the Rail Procurement Agency, a series of planning research reports and corridor analysis exercises, all as part of the evolving rationale for the LUAS network, and Environmental Impact Statements for the development of the LUAS Lines A, B and B1.

Both Line A and Line B are now operational. The EIS for LUAS Line BI has been recently completed and submitted as part of a Railway Order application to the Minister for Transport.

RPS was also appointed by the Rail Procurement Agency RPA in 2005 to provide Environmental Civil and Structural Engineering Services to the Luas. Construction of the 7.5km extension to the Green Line commenced in March 2007 and involved the construction, installation and operation of a twin tracked light rail transit system with designed provision for future upgrade to Metro. The proposed Dublin Metro represents one of Ireland’s largest transport infrastructural projects.RPS was responsible for the design and preparation of construction drawings, schedules and specifications for four new major bridge and viaduct structures, a tunnel and over 1km of track on podium and retaining structures through the Central Park Development.

Pearse Station

Pearse Station Pearse Station

Irish Rail

Dublin, Ireland

RPS was appointed by Irish Rail to provide Consultancy Services for the upgrade of the existing power supply and associated ancillary works at Pearse Station in Dublin in 2007.

The project included the construction of a new ESB substation, built within the confines of an existing unused goods store, situated below the station administration offices. For construction to take place, removal of the existing timber column supports was required whilst the offices above were occupied. RPS designed new structural supports, freeing up clear space below for construction of the sub-station.

At platform level RPS provided structural and civil design expertise for the widening of two areas of the northbound platform and installation of ticket barriers. New ticketing machines were also installed on the southbound platform.

RPS provided design expertise for the demolition of an existing shop and the provision of revised structural support to the adjacent external entrance canopy. Floor levels and ramps in the main concourse were also adjusted to provide easier access to the station platform.

RPS also provided full Mechanical and Electrical design services on this project, which was successfully completed in Autumn 2008.