India Selects UK Firm to Study High-Speed Rail Line

Indian Railways Construction Company International has selected UK-based engineering and development consultancy firm Mott MacDonald to conduct a pre-feasibility study for the country's high-speed rail service.

The proposed 993km high-speed rail line worth Rs1,100bn (£15bn) will provide services between Delhi, Agra, Lucknow, Varanasi and Patna, and will be delivered as a public-private partnership project.

Under the deal, Mott MacDonald will review all technical aspects of the corridor infrastructure development, as well as any environmental impacts and assessment of high-speed rail technology.

The company will also analyse operational and business requirements by forecasting preliminary service ridership figures, capital required, cost-benefit analysis and developing a planning and implementation schedule, as well as an organisational structure for the project.

Mott MacDonald will submit a final report by the end of this year.