Introducing a new Light Rail network demands carefully considered planning and coordination from a wide range of technical services. We supply engineering services for all critical components of light rail as well as related infrastructure services such as roads and public utility plant relocations.


SMEC has completed globally acclaimed light rail projects, transforming suburban connectivity in various cities including Canberra, The Gold Coast and Palembang. Through the delivery of these projects, SMEC has developed the experience, tools and people to deliver all specialist engineering services related to the introduction of light rail and service automation. This includes track and alignment design, as well as the design of supporting civil infrastructure.


We also offer electrification design, construction supervision and project management expertise. Services extend to systems design and maintenance with capabilities in AC and DC traction power with Overhead Contact Systems, LV, MV and HV electrical services for light rail infrastructure.


SMEC draws on extensive technical experience and lessons learned to deliver cost-effective, practical, and innovative solutions. Our experts offer advanced capabilities for bridges and structures, geotechnical elements, hydrology, roads, civil earthworks, sustainability, drainage, water management, urban planning, traffic management, construction management, stakeholder management and community engagement. Specialist capabilities include:

  • Asset Management
  • Alignment
  • Business case development
  • Budgeting and Cost Control
  • Capacity building and training
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Communication and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Communications and SCADA
  • Compliance
  • Construction Management and Supervision
  • Contract Management
  • Digital design, BIM and automation
  • Drainage and Water Management Systems
  • Depot Design
  • Earthworks
  • Environment and Social Impact Assessment
  • Feasibility Studies (including prefeasibility studies)
  • Gantries, Retaining Walls, Noise Walls
  • Geotechnical Investigations and tunnelling
  • Independent Certification & Verification
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Operations & Maintenance
  • Overhead Line Equipment
  • Planning
  • Project Management
  • Project Controls and Project Management Office
  • Quality Assurance
  • Safety
  • Scheduling systems
  • Services Relocation & Protection
  • Signalling systems
  • Station design
  • Surveillance
  • Surveying
  • System Assurance
  • Systems verification and validation
  • Temporary works
  • Testing and commissioning
  • Track work engineering
  • Traffic and Highways



Talk to one of our global specialists about our Light Rail solutions.