Partnership project involves the renovation of four train stations

Atkins has been appointed as detailed designer on a £160m scheme to double track Denmark’s Northwest Railway.

In partnership with Cowi, Atkins will work on the renovation of four train stations on behalf of Rail Net Denmark.

Detailed design work has just begun and is due to be completed around the summer of 2012.

The work requires a full shutdown of existing line services for three months each summer over the next three years – generating significant cost savings for the Danish rail operator.

Atkins’ market director, Eva Rindom, said: “This is a project of huge economic significance for Denmark and will be a boost to passengers and businesses along the length of this important railway.

“While a combined nine months of complete service shutdown over the three year programme will allow us greater freedom to speed up the design and delivery, we will still need to factor in a construction schedule that will compete with timetable requirements most of the time.

“Atkins’ long history in the delivery of complex, multidisciplinary rail projects in Europe, the Middle East and North America means we are well-placed to meet this challenge.”